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Phase II Examination

2019 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination

February 4-5, 2019
Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego, California

Examination Registration

  • opens: September 10, 2018
  • deadline: November 19, 2018


To be eligible to sit for the Phase II examination, candidates must have successfully completed all resident training requirements, passed the Phase I examination, and have had their credentials application approved by the ACVS Board of Regents.

Candidates who are transitioning from the traditional Certification Examination should refer to the Information Pamphlet for full policies.

Examination Schedule




Sunday, February 3


Examination Orientation Session (mandatory)

Monday, February 4


Small Animal Practical – Parts 1 and 2



Large Animal Practical – Parts 1 and 2

Tuesday, February 5


Small Animal Case-based – Orthopedic/Neurosurgery and Soft Tissue



Large Animal Case-based – Orthopedic/Neurosurgery and Soft Tissue

Examination Materials


Registering for the examination consists of submitting the online application and paying the examination fee.

  • Deadline: November 19, 2018

    • Submit your application and online examination fee payment no later than 11:59pm EST, November 19, 2018. Mailed examination fee payments must arrive by close of business (5pm Eastern time) on November1 19, 2018, at the ACVS office.
  • Submit the Online Registration Application at www.acvs.org/apply

    • Online registration opens September 10 for eligible candidates. The application includes identification, requests for accommodations, if applicable, and signing the Phase II contract.
  • Pay the Examination Fee

    • First time candidate fee = $1,540
    • Repeat candidate / dual certification candidate fee = $1,100
      • Pay the fee online with Visa or MasterCard
      • Submit the Phase II Payment Authorization Form to ACVS. The payment form includes form fields and should be downloaded and opened with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.
      • The examination fee is refundable only due to extenuating circumstances as detailed in the Information Pamphlet.

Hotel Information

Bahia Resort Hotel
998 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 800-576-4229 (toll-free) or 858-488-0551
Reserve online at: http://bahiahotel.com/groups/ACVS0119/

Make your hotel room reservation by January 2, 2019, to receive the ACVS discounted rate of $179 per night. There are a limited number of discounted rooms available for ACVS examination candidates. When making your reservation, identify yourself as an ACVS 2019 Conference attendee. If you are sharing a room, be sure that both names are on the reservation.


In the event that a candidate needs to cancel their examination registration, the candidate must contact ACVS. Refer to the Information Pamphlet for refund policies.


Common questions are answered in the Examination FAQ. Address other questions about the Phase I Examination to Jeff Melia (jmelia@acvs.org, 301-916-0200, x102)

Maintenance of Certification

Individuals who have passed the Phase II examination and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016 or later are subject to time-limited certification and must undergo mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC). Activities acceptable for maintaining certification should result in the acquisition of new knowledge by the Diplomate, such as attending or presenting at continuing education meetings, publishing manuscripts, serving on ACVS committees, and participating in resident training.  View the ACVS Diplomate Maintenance of Certification Policies and Procedures.

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