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Program Registration Application

Applications for Program Registration for the 2023–2024 Residency Year

The submission period closed August 22, 2022. No additional registration applications will be accepted for review. Programs that submitted an application by the deadline will be notified of the outcome by December 1. Program directors who wish to view their submitted application may do so by logging in to www.acvs.org/apply.

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2023-June 2024).

Summary of changes in 2023–2024 ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements

  • Terminology change: To eliminate confusion between program registration requirements and resident supervision requirements, “core ACVS Diplomate” replaces “Supervising ACVS Diplomate.” The definition and requirements of a core ACVS Diplomate remain the same.
  • An expanded list of accepted additional educational events has been included.
  • Clarification: Educational events should occur on average a minimum of every two weeks throughout the residency.
  • Supervision of residents on specialty service rotations by Diplomates from international specialty counterpart colleges may now be accepted. The list of recognized reciprocal specialty colleges is on the ACVS website.
  • Clarification: The criteria for acceptance of a publication specifies the applicant must be first or sole author. Co-first authorship of a publication is not accepted for credentialing.

ACVS is developing a new online certification management system anticipated to launch prior to July 2023. The requirements included in this document are considered final. Pending the final launch date, an updated version of the standards may be issued to reflect process and terminology changes required with the introduction of the new system.

View the list of current Registered Residency Training Programs.

This list is updated annually on December 1 and as needed throughout the year.

Future Submission Deadlines

The next registration application deadline will be August 21, 2023. There is no application fee.

  • Prospective training programs must be registered by ACVS prior to training residents for subsequent (e.g., 2024–2025) residency year.
  • Programs with current registration must renew their registration each year while active residents are in training and to train new residents for the subsequent residency year. (Only programs with a valid registration period of July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025 will be able to accept residents and/or continue to train existing residents during the July 2024–June 2025 residency year.)

Application and Materials

The 2024–2025 Residency Training Standards and Requirements will be published in May 2023.

The registration application will be available online for program directors as of June 1. Application results will be available as of December 1.

Separate applications must be submitted for small animal, large animal-equine, and large animal-general programs. However: if the same ACVS Diplomate serves as program director for the large animal-equine, and large animal-general residencies, only one large animal application is required.

Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)

Programs that use the matching program must provide in their program descriptions information about their current registration status with ACVS. Programs will be notified by ACVS of the outcome of their registration application by December 1 and should amend their VIRMP listings accordingly. More information on the matching program can be found at www.virmp.org.

Questions about residency training program registration can be directed to Programs Manager, Sarah Donnelly, at sdonnelly@acvs.org or (301) 916-0200 x120.