Two examinations are required for ACVS certification: the Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination and Phase II Surgical Competency Examination.
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Membership in the ACVS is limited to those individuals who have achieved board certification from the ACVS. Requirements for admission to the College can be found in the ACVS Constitution & Bylaws.
The members of the College are referred to as:
Following the February 2019 Examination, there are approximately 2,119 board-certified veterinary surgeons.
The following tools are available to ACVS Diplomates to help promote their Diplomate status and educate the public and referring veterinarians about the value of working with a board-certified surgeon.
ACVS Veterinary Surgeon Logo
The “ACVS Veterinary Surgeon” logo is available to ACVS Diplomates for use on professional business cards, letterhead, website and advertisements. In all cases, the ACVS Veterinary Surgeon logo must be located immediately adjacent to the name of the Diplomate.
The ACVS recognizes that many of its members have achieved, or may wish to achieve, a level of expertise in a specific field (e.g., Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Oncology). This expertise allows ACVS Diplomates to interact with other surgeons, related non-surgical experts and the lay community in such a way as to provide a leadership role in matters pertaining to surgery in their focused field.
ACVS coordinates laboratories several times a year at facilities around the U.S. Past topics have included Small Animal Minimally Invasive Surgery and Veterinary Interventional Radiology. Laboratories will be added to this page as they are announced.
Laboratories are also offered each year at the ACVS Surgery Summit.
ACVS maintains a list of current veterinary surgery-related continuing education events. The following criteria must be met to be eligible for inclusion:
American College of Veterinary Surgeons
19785 Crystal Rock Dr, Suite 305
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301-916-0200; Toll Free: 877-217-2287
Please see the ACVS staff and responsibilities lists below.
Animal owners looking for information may also consult our Animal Owners Frequently Asked Questions page.
These Diplomates serve as the ACVS Board of Regents and ACVS Foundation Board of Directors.
P.O. Eric Mueller, DVM, PhD, DACVS
University of Georgia Veterinary Medical Center
Department of Large Animal Medicine
2200 College Station Road
Athens, GA 30602-0001