What is an ACVS Diplomate
What is an ACVS Diplomate?

The term ‘ACVS Diplomate’ refers to a veterinarian who has been board certified in veterinary surgery.  Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery. 

Veterinarians wishing to become board certified must complete a three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published.  This process is supervised by current ACVS Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards.  Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination.  Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate.

About the ACVS

Founded in 1965, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons is the American Veterinary Medical Association specialty board which sets the standards for advanced professionalism in veterinary surgery. 

The ACVS defines the standards of surgical excellence for the profession, promotes advancements in veterinary surgery, and provides the latest in surgical educational programs.  By fostering the highest standards of excellence in veterinary surgery, the ACVS is helping the veterinary profession achieve its goal of providing outstanding service to the public and care to animals.

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