What is a board-certified Surgeon?
Simply put, the term "ACVS Diplomate" refers to a veterinarian who has been board-certified (received a diploma) in veterinary surgery. Only after they complete 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, and 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 completing the residency, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate.