Current Residents

The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation® resident training programs provide the foundation for a candidate to take the board-certification examination leading to Diplomate status. In addition to completing the core curriculum and other residency training program requirements, it is the responsibility of the resident, under the guidance of the active diplomate resident program director, to achieve the following goals:

  • Develop a high level of clinical skills and expertise in the field of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Develop a critical understanding and working knowledge of the current veterinary and human literature related to sports medicine and rehabilitation and proficiency in literature review and the synthesis and clinical application of new information.
  • Develop critical thought processes and the use of a problem-based approach to patient care.
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach, communicate and effectively present information.
  • Demonstrate exceptional ethical standards and the ability to act as a professional role model.

Working to achieve these goals supports the spirit of the residency standards and the excellence that is expected of a residency training program.

Approved Journal List

Candidate must publish at least one manuscript in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation to be accepted for the credentialing exam of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation®. The journal must be either on the approved journal list or if the candidate wishes to submit to a journal not on the list, that journal needs to be approved by the residency committee.

Click here for the approved journal list.

Annual Report - Due August 1st

All residents must submit an Annual Progress Report in accordance with the  Guidelines associated with residency training program. The Credentials and Residency Committee will evaluate the Annual Progress Report and recommendations and requirements will be forwarded to the resident and their resident program director.

Progress reports are due by August 1st each year and should include the entire residency training exeperiences.

The annual report consists of:

Credentials - Submit by August 1st

Once a resident fulfills the requirements of an American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation® residency training program and have an accepted for publication manuscript, applicants submit credentials for the board-certification examination. Credentials must be received by midnight, August 1st of 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 must be uploaded as part of credential submission, and the credentials submission fee listed below must be paid.

  • Resident Credentials Submission Form
  • Credentials submission fee of $350
  • Residency Program MasterLog (completed Residency MasterLog)
  • Signature pages for MasterLog and reports (can be uploaded separately if needed)
  • Peer-reviewed publication, accepted for publication
  • Letter of recommendation from American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation® supervisor/mentor
  • Two letters of recommendation from active diplomates of ABVS-recognized colleges
Examination - Register by October 15th

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 15.

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.

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

2021 Examination

The 2021 board-certification examination will be held remotely March 3-5, 2021.

Schedule: TBD

To register for the exam complete the following by October 15: