Maintaining Board Certification

Maintenance of American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation board certification was initiated on January 1, 2016. All active diplomates will be required to take action to maintain board certification every 10 years from the date of their initial certification. An active diplomate may apply to maintain board certification via one of the following two methods:

  • Accumulate 500 credits as outlined in Section II of the Guidelines for Maintenance of Board Certification
  • Successfully pass the core knowledge and species-specific board-certification examinations in their practice category as outlined in Section III of the Guidelines for Maintenance of Board Certification.

A diplomate seeking recertification via recertification credits is required to submit recertification materials at years 8, 9 or 10 after initial board certification or last recertification. A diplomate seeking recertification via examination is required to submit an application for examination at years 7, 8, or 9 after initial board certification or last recertification, thus enabling him/her to take the examination at years 8, 9 or 10, respectively.

Activity
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
Continuing Education Attendance
(Sports medicine and rehabilitation topics)
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
ACVSMR-related meetings
Number of credits per activity
5/hour
Max. # of units per activity
80 hours
Max. # of credits per activity
400
Activity
Non-college related meetings
Number of credits per activity
2/hour
Max. # of units per activity
100 hours
Max. # of credits per activity
200
Activity
Presentations
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
Lectures to veterinarians or veterinary students
Number of credits per activity
10/hour
Max. # of units per activity
20 hours
Max. # of credits per activity
200
Activity
Lectures to undergraduate students or veterinary technicians
Number of credits per activity
2/hour
Max. # of units per activity
50 hours
Max. # of credits per activity
100
Activity
Poster presentations
Number of credits per activity
10/hour
Max. # of units per activity
10 posters
Max. # of credits per activity
100
Activity
Written Publications
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
First author or corresponding author of a peer-reviewed publication
Number of credits per activity
200/publication
Max. # of units per activity
2 publications
Max. # of credits per activity
400
Activity
Co-author of a peer-reviewed publication
Number of credits per activity
150/publication
Max. # of units per activity
2 publications
Max. # of credits per activity
300
Activity
First author - or - co-author of a non-peer reviewed publication
Number of credits per activity
10/articles
Max. # of units per activity
5 articles
Max. # of credits per activity
50
Activity
First author or co-author of a textbook chapter
Number of credits per activity
20/chapter
Max. # of units per activity
5 chapters
Max. # of credits per activity
100
Activity
Writing Board-Certification Examination Questions
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
Creation and submission of examination questions
Number of credits per activity
5/question
Max. # of units per activity
100/questions
Max. # of credits per activity
500
Activity
Review of submitted examination questions
Number of credits per activity
1/question
Max. # of units per activity
300/questions
Max. # of credits per activity
300
Activity
College Service
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
Service on the Board of Directors
Number of credits per activity
100/year
Max. # of units per activity
4 years
Max. # of credits per activity
400
Activity
Service as a Committee chair
Number of credits per activity
75/year
Max. # of units per activity
4 years
Max. # of credits per activity
300
Activity
Service as a Committee member
Number of credits per activity
50/year
Max. # of units per activity
4 years
Max. # of credits per activity
200
Activity
Additional Certification
Number of credits per activity
Max. # of units per activity
Max. # of credits per activity
Activity
Successfully complete a sports medicine or rehabilitation certification program
Number of credits per activity
200
Max. # of units per activity
1 certification
Max. # of credits per activity
200
Activity
Successfully obtain a second board specialty certification
Number of credits per activity
100
Max. # of units per activity
1 board specialty certification
Max. # of credits per activity
100

FAQs

How can i submit my credits for recertification?

ACVSMR is in the process of rolling out an online tracking system for diplomates to be able to easily track and submit their points. This will be coming out this winter.

How many credits must I earn to maintain certification?

Diplomates my maintain board certification by accumulating 500 credits over a period of 8 to 10 years. Five hundred recertification credits are needed for maintenance of board certification; however, it is highly recommended that more than 500 credits be submitted in the event that a portion of the submitted credits are not judged acceptable for recertification by the Credentials and Residency Committee.

Is there a fee involved for recertification?

Yes the fee to submit credit accumulation is $100 or if you choose to take the exam to re-certify, the fee is $1,000.

How can i find out what year I originally obtained certification?

You can find out your original certification year in your membership profile here.

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