Residency Programs

To become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation® , 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 a 1-year rotating-internship or equivalent
  • Acceptance of resident’s American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation® 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

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.

There are two types of residency training programs: A traditional residency program and an alternative residency training program.

For a Traditional residency program, a resident receives the majority of training at one practice/institution which meets all 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 the resident program director. A Traditional residency program is designed to be completed in 156 consecutive weeks.

An Alternative residency program must meet the same criteria 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. For example, an alternative training program could be an individual that functions as a resident working part-time within a practice/institution under ACVSMR diplomate supervision.

All Residents begin their programs in July. Resident registration is required by August 1 immediately following the beginning their residency program using the online registration system below. Residency openings are posted here as they are received on the Employment page.


For all Residency Programs, a resident applicant must apply by March 1st for a start date in July and submit:
Deadline for 2021 extended to March 15th

Once accepted to a residency training program please submit the following by August 1st, immediately following the July start of the residency Program:

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