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Residents

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. Biannual progress reports must be submitted to evaluate the resident’s development and progress toward successful completion of their training program and preparation for the ACVSMR board-certification examination.

Traditional Residents generally begin their programs in July; therefore, registration is required at least 30 days prior using the online registration system below. Residency openings are posted as they are received on the Employment page.

Click here to apply and submit all documents throughout the entirety of the Traditional Residency.

 

Alternative Residency Training Program

The Alternative 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 Alternative 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 experience. It is designed for veterinarians who have a minimum of a 1-year rotating internship OR practice equivalent.

Alternative Residents must apply by January 30th for a start date of July 1st or by July 30th with a start dates of January 1st each year using the online application system below. Residency openings are posted as they are received on the Employment page.

Click here to apply and submit all documents throughout the entirety of the Alternative Residency.

 

Credentials Submission (Annual Deadline, Midnight, Mountain Time (MT), August 1st)

Once a resident fulfills the requirements of an ACVSMR residency, applicants submit credentials for the board-certification examination. Credentials must be received by midnight, August 1st the calendar year prior to the examination (examinations are generally held in January or February and specific exam information is released annually).

The following forms will need to be uploaded as part of credential submission, and the credentials submission fee listed below must be paid.

  1. Residency Credentials Submission Form
  2. Credentials submission fee of $350
  3. Residency Program MasterLog (complete either the Canine, Equine, or Alternative Residency MasterLog provided above)
  4. Signature pages for MasterLog and reports (can be uploaded separately if needed)
  5. Peer-reviewed publication
  6. Letter of recommendation from ACVSMR supervisor/mentor
  7. Two letters of recommendation from active diplomates of ABVS-recognized colleges

Note: Please have completed documents ready to upload before beginning the online form.

 

Board-Certification Examination Registration & Fee (Annual Deadline, Midnight, Mountain Time (MT), October 1st)

After an applicant submits credentials and receives confirmation that they are approved, an applicant must submit the Examination Registration Form and pay the examination fee. Exam registrations and payment are due by midnight Mountain Time (MT), October 1, annually (note revised date). Please do not submit the registration form or payment before credentials are approved. Once the examination registration form and payment are submitted, an applicant will receive details regarding the examination for the upcoming year. The following are associated with this process:

  1. Examination Registration Form
  2. Examination fee of $1,000 (full examination fee) or $500 (partial fee)

To prepare for the examination, applicants may wish to review the following rubrics and reading lists:



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Residency Training Program Guidelines (PDF)
(Updated 7/1/17)

 

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