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Program Registration Application

ACVS is accepting registration applications for the 2023-2024 residency year.  The submission deadline is August 22, 2022, 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).  Late applications are not accepted.  There is no application fee.

  • All prospective residency training programs and inactive programs must apply for registration in order to begin training residents between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.
  • Registered programs must apply each year for renewal of registration while active residents are training and in order to train new residents for the subsequent residency year.  (Only programs with a valid registration period of July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024 will be able to accept residents and/or continue to train existing residents during the July 2023–June 2024 residency year.)
  • Suspended programs must apply for reinstatement once the deficiencies have been addressed.

Registered programs moving to inactive status in 2023, may submit a Transition to Inactive Status form in place of a renewal application to extend their current registration period one-month, thru July 31, 2023, to allow third year (finishing) residents to complete training as scheduled. Deadline to submit: August 22, 2022.

All programs must follow the policies and procedures detailed in the Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2023-June 2024).

Note: The ACVS Board of Regents approved clarifications to existing Specialty Service rotation requirements to allow for the full Clinical Pathology rotation and part of the Diagnostic Imaging rotation requirements to be fulfilled either in-person or via telemedicine. The 2021 Residency Training Standards and Requirements were amended in August 2020 to reflect this change. 

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.

If you have questions about the application or the registration process, please review the Program Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Programs will be notified of the outcome of their application by December 1. View the list of current Registered Residency Training Programs

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

Application Access

Current program directors may access the online registration application at www.acvs.org/apply. Log in using your ACVS website username and password. 

New program directors must contact the Programs Manager, Sarah Donnelly, at residency@acvs.org in order to obtain appropriate access to the online application.

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 large animal-general and large animal-equine residencies, only one large animal application is required.

Institutions/practices applying as collaborative residency training programs will submit one application detailing required information for each of the collaborating sites.

Signatures and Submission Process

Applications must be signed by the program director, all Supervising and Supporting ACVS Diplomates participating in the program, and the department chair (or someone in an equivalent administrative rank, such as practice owner) for each site.

Program directors are responsible for providing accurate email addresses for all required signatories in the application. 

Signatories will be notified by email and provided a link to access, review, and sign the application.  Program directors are responsible for allowing sufficient time to collect all required signatures prior to submitting the completed application to ACVS before 11:59 pm (Eastern Time), August 22, 2022. Applications with missing signatures are not accepted.  Late applications are not accepted.

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.