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Residency Standards and Requirements

Surgery residents must complete the requirements as outlined in the ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements in effect at the start of their residency.  Residency Forms must be submitted to ACVS at the start of training, for changes in Program Director or Resident Advisor, and upon transfer to a new program.

2020-2021 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2020-June 2021)

Note: The ACVS Board of Regents approved changes to the Phase I examination eligibility requirements. Clarifications have been made 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 2020 Residency Training Standards and Requirements were amended in August 2020 to reflect this change. 

Summary of changes in 2020 - 2021 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

  • Full-time defined for program registration personnel requirements.
  • ACVS Diplomates must be employed full-time and meet other requirements to qualify as “Supervising ACVS Diplomates”.
  • Reminder: renewing programs must be compliant with availability requirements for ACVIM (Internal Medicine) and additional allied specialists.
  • New process established for programs who wish to transition to inactive status at the conclusion of the current residency training year.
  • Approved Journals List subdivided into a permanent list of core journals and list of journals subject to periodic review.
  • The Resident Credentialing Committee will evaluate the Reviewed Journals list every five years.

2019-2020 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2019-June 2020)

Note: The ACVS Board of Regents approved changes to the Phase I examination eligibility requirements. Clarifications have been made 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 2019 Residency Training Standards and Requirements were amended in August 2020 to reflect this change. 

Summary of changes in 2019 - 2020 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

  • Availability of ACVIM (Internal Medicine) specialist more fully defined.
  • Availability of additional allied specialists more fully defined for large animal and small animal programs.
  • Deadline for programs to meet revised allied specialty Diplomate requirements clarified.
  • Supervision of educational events to include Diplomates of other AVMA-recognized veterinary specialties.
  • Large Animal Curricula: Angular Limb Deformities has been removed as a category.
  • Small Animal Curricula: Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy cases to be recorded separately from other MIS cases
  • Semi-Annual Review requirements for Phase I examination eligibility have been further clarified.

Prior Years' Residency Training Standards and Requirements / Residency Program Guidelines

For a summary of changes by year, see the Prior Years' Standards and Guidelines page.