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How to Become Board Certified

Veterinarians from all countries are invited to apply for board certification through the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).

To begin the board-certification process:

  1. Applicants should review the applicant requirements listed below to identify the path to board certification for which they qualify. After fulfilling all the residency requirements, applicants may submit credentials for the board-certification examination.
  2. Applicants submit credentials for the board-certification exam. Credentials submission for the 2018 board-certification examination will open in July 2017. All credentials submissions must be received by midnight, August 1, 2017 for the January 2018 examinations.

Please review the requirements and download the appropriate form for credentials submission here:

Please check back for further instructions about submitting credentials and paying the Credentials Submission Fee.

  1. After an applicant submits credentials and receives confirmation that they are approved, an applicant must submit the 2018 Examination Application Form and pay the examination fee. Exam applications and payment are due by September 1, 2017 for the January 2018 examinations. Please do not submit the application or payment before credentials are approved. Please review the 2018 Examination Instructions (available soon) for more information.

 


Applicant Requirements

An applicant must:

  1. Be a veterinarian who is legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine. Veterinarians from all countries are eligible to apply for board certification.
  2. Fulfill the requirements for one of the two paths to board certification (Practice Experience Residency or Traditional Residency) prior to applying to take the ACVSMR board certification examination. The board-certification examination includes questions on general knowledge and species-specific (canine or equine) topics relevant to sports medicine and rehabilitation.

View the Pathways to Eligibility document (updated 6/16/16) for an outline of the specific requirements for the two different pathways to board eligibility.

 

Practice Experience Residency Training Program

The Practice Experience Residency path to board eligibility is available for veterinarians who have gained experience and expertise in sports medicine and rehabilitation in a private practice or academic setting.

The Practice Experience Residency to board certification by the ACVSMR is designed for veterinarians who are unable to undertake a full time residency or have prior Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (SM&R) experience. It allows for previous experience to be credited towards the program requirements. It is designed for veterinarians who have a minimum of a 1-year rotating internship OR practice equivalent.

For complete details, please read the Practice Experience Residency Guidelines (updated 7/21/16).

How to Begin:

  • Upload Your Application Files Here (Coming Soon)

Notices of residency openings are posted as they are received on the Employment page.

 

Traditional Residency Training Program

A formal residency training program requires oversight and supervision by a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Residency training is to be focused on specific aspects of sports medicine and rehabilitation as it relates to athletic animals and the restoration of normal function after injury or illness in all animals. Semi-annual progress reports must be submitted to evaluate the resident's development and progress toward successful completion of their training program and preparation for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation board-certification examination.

For complete details, please read the 2016-17 Residency Training Program Guidelines (updated 6/16/16).

How to Begin:

  • Upload Your Application Files Here (Coming Soon)

Notices of residency openings are posted as they are received on the Employment page.

 

 

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Pathways to Eligibility (PDF)
(Updated 6/16/16)

Practice Experience Residency Guidelines (PDF)
(Updated 7/21/16)

Residency Training Program Guidelines (PDF)
(Updated 6/16/16)

 

Appendices:

Practice Experience Residency
PE Appendix 1 (PDF)
PE Appendix 2 (PDF)
PE Appendix 3 (PDF)
PE Appendix 4 (PDF)
PE Appendix 5 (PDF)
(Updated 6/16/16)

Traditional Residency
TR Appendix 1 (PDF)
TR Appendix 2 (PDF)
TR Appendix 3 (PDF)
TR Appendix 4 (PDF)
TR Appendix 5 (PDF)
TR Appendix 6 (PDF)
(Updated 6/16/16)

 

MasterLogs:

Canine Resident MasterLog (Excel)
(Updated 6/10/16)

Equine Resident MasterLog (Excel)
(Updated 6/10/16)

Practice Experience Training Program MasterLog (Excel)
(Updated 6/16/16)

 

Rubrics and Reading Lists:

Core Topic Rubric and Reading List (PDF)
(Updated 6/8/16)

Canine Topic Rubric and Reading List (PDF)
(Updated 6/13/16)

Equine Topic Rubric and Reading List (PDF)
(Updated 6/13/16)

 

Current Applicants:

Pay Credentials Submission Fee via PayPal

Pay Examination Fee via PayPal

 

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The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is an AVMA recognized specialty organization.