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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.


2016-2017 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements - July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 - All residents beginning programs between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 must follow these requirements.

Note, the 2016 Standards were first published in May 2015. In June 2016, the ACVS Board of Regents modified the time requirements for the anesthesia specialty service requirement. An amended document showing these changes is published on this page.

Summary of changes in 2016

  • Deadline for applications for residency training program registration moved to August.
  • "Activity" weeks defined for residents.
  • Programs should not assign residents clinic duties during weeks scheduled for other activities.
  • Examination preparation should be classified as CE/Vacation/Other in the resident logs.
  • Updates made to the minor procedures list.
  • Residents who miss a review deadline will have the oldest weeks of their training reviewed first.
  • Approved Journals List published online only and updated each year with any additions.

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.

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.