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Phase II Examination

2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination

ACVS is offering a re-examination opportunity to candidates who did not pass the examination on February 22, 2021. There is no registration fee.


March 30:  7:30 pm (Eastern Daylight Time). Virtual information session for candidates and proctors. The session will be recorded. We strongly recommend candidates attend this session on the computer and internet connection they intend to use for the examination.

US/Canada/Europe/Middle East

Wednesday, April 7:   Practical Section—Large Animal and Small Animal
Thursday, April 8:       Case-based Section—Large Animal and Small Animal


Thursday, April 8:         Practical Section—Large Animal and Small Animal
Friday, April 9:             Case-based Section—Large Animal and Small Animal

ACVS will finalize the starting times based on the number of candidates registered. The tentative plan is for all candidates in the continental US and Europe to start at 11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time. Candidates in Australia would start at 8:00 am Australian Eastern Standard Time. Candidates in Hawai’i would start at noon HST.


Registration for the re-examination opens Monday, March 15, and closes March 22, 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time).

  • Submit the online registration application at www.acvs.org/apply. The Proctor Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement must be uploaded as part of the registration process.

Examination Materials


Candidates who are unable to sit the re-examination on April 7-8 will be granted a one-year deferral. This means the examination on February 22 will not count as one of your examination attempts and you are granted one additional year in which to pass the Phase II examination. There will not be a refund of your 2021 examination fee but ACVS will not require you to pay the examination fee for the 2022 Phase II examination as it will count as your deferred re-examination. This waiver of the fee will not extend past the 2022 Phase II examination. You must contact Kimberly Soehnlein at ksoehnlein@acvs.org by March 22, 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) to indicate your deferral. Deferrals will not be granted after this date.


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 II 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.