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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.


2017-2018 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements – July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 – All residents beginning programs between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 must follow these requirements.

Summary of changes in 2017

  • All program registration and renewal applications must be submitted online.
  • A pharmacy or dispensary is acceptable to meet program facility requirements.
  • Required surgical instrumentation for large animal programs can include either a surgical bone saw or surgical drill.
  • Policies updated for residents performing surgery clinic duties during non-surgical activity weeks.
  • Week two of anesthesia rotation can be completed as a one-week block or 40 cumulative hours.
  • Required anesthesia cases must be supervised and can occur at any time during residency.
  • Required pathology cases require approval by an ACVP Diplomate.
  • New criteria for submitting a petition to add a new journal to the Approved Journals List.

2018-2019 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements – July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 – All residents beginning programs between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 must follow these requirements.

Summary of changes in 2018

  • No application fee is required to submit a registration application.
  • Requirement for flexible endoscope has been redefined for large animal programs.
  • Recommended additional imaging equipment for large animal programs now includes fluoroscopy.
  • Impact of program probation and suspension on all residents in training has been clarified.
  • Requirement that residents track location on activity weeks has been highlighted.
  • Policies regarding Mass removal and wound repair have been updated.
  • ACVP Diplomate Supervision for required pathology cases has been highlighted.
  • Semi-Annual Review requirements for Phase I examination eligibility have been 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.