Residency Programs

To become a diplomate of the ACVSMR, veterinarians must complete an internship (or equivalent) and residency training program followed by a rigorous board-certification examination.

In order to achieve board certification, individuals must obtain each of the credentials below:

  • Completion of 1 year rotating-internship or equivalent
  • Acceptance of resident’s ACVSMR Residency Training Program
  • Successful completion and approval of all Resident Training Requirements
  • Submission and acceptance of all  Credentials (completion of resident training program and first author manuscript accepted for publication)
  • Successful passing of both components of the Board-Certification Examination

Traditional Residency Program

A formal residency training program requires oversight and supervision by a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. The resident’s 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.

For a Traditional residency program, a resident receives training primarily at one practice/institution which meets the requirements for training, supervision, didactic education, and clinical experience. Specialty service rotations and special rotations may be completed at secondary practice/institution(s) as approved by resident program director.

Traditional Residents generally begin their programs in July. Resident registration is required within 30 days of initiation of their training program using the online registration system below. Residency openings are posted as they are received on the Employment page.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants apply to a residency training program at a residency facility, either directly to the facility administrator or through a future resident program director. Once the applicant has been accepted by the residency facility/institution, the resident must register with the Credentials and Residency Committee within 30 days of the start of the training program.

A traditional resident staring a training program at a facility/institution for which has not had previous Committee approval, the resident must submit a Residency Program Plan by January 30th for a start date of July 1st or by July 30th with a start date of January 1st.  Residents starting a program at a facility/institution with previous Committee approval are not required to submit Residency Program Plan.

Alternative Residency Program

The Alternative Residency path 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 is designed for veterinarians who are unable to undertake a full-time residency or have prior sports medicine and rehabilitation experience.

The Alternative program must meet the same criteria as the Traditional program but may be done over a longer time period than the typical Traditional residency program’s consecutive 156 weeks. This alternative track allows a significant degree of flexibility for a candidate to satisfy all training requirements within 6 years of the start date of the residency program. Residency openings are posted as they are received on the Employment page.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

For Alternative Residency Programs, a resident applicant must apply by January 30th for a start date of July 1st or by July 30th with a start date of January 1st and submit:

For any questions, please contact info@vsmr.org

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