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Candidate Registration

Once in an approved residency training program (RTP), residents must register with the ACVIM within 90 days of beginning their RTP (e.g., by October 1 for programs beginning on July 1). The purpose of registration is to ensure that a candidate embarks on a training program that conforms to the requirements of the specialty in which he or she wishes to become certified. Failure to register, or registration after the 90-day deadline, may jeopardize the resident's certification process, as some of the training program may not be recognized or accepted. In 2016 a program of Maintenance of Credentials (MOC) will become effective for new Diplomates. Please see section D.5.c of the General Information Guide (GIG) for additional information.

Online Candidate Registration Form*
(The same registration form is used for all specialty areas.)

If you are a candidate transferring to a new residency training program, please contact Finn@ACVIM.org for directions and DO NOT register online.

In the event that you do need to mail paperwork to the office that is time sensitive, candidates are reminded that if you wish to receive confirmation that your packet has arrived, it is your responsibility to provide for confirmation (eg, guaranteed delivery with tracking number, overnight service with tracking number, etc.) Please be sure to save all receipts for guaranteed delivery in the event your package does not arrive as scheduled. ACVIM is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected mail, and we will not accept materials after the deadline for any reason without proof of guaranteed delivery.

Deadlines & Reminders

August 31, 2015
LAIM Credentials results available

September 18-20, 2015
SAIM Ultrasound Course in Las Vegas, NV

October 1, 2015
2016 General Examination registration deadline
2016 LAIM Specialty Examination registration deadline
LAIM case reports (1st submission) deadline
Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Credentials (for the 2016 Specialty Examinations) due

October 9-10, 2015
SAIM Clinical Cardiology Course in Las Vegas, NV

December 1, 2015
Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Credentials results available
Cardiology Credentials (for the 2016 Specialty Examination) due
LAIM case report results (1st submission) available

December 14, 2015
2016 LAIM Specialty Examination cancelation deadline for full refund

January 1, 2016
Maintenance of Credentials (MOC) will become effective for new Diplomates.
Please refer to section D.5.c. for further details.

January 14 & 15, 2016
2016 LAIM Specialty Examination (Las Vegas, NV)

January 15 – 17, 2016
Equine Cardiology Course (Las Vegas, NV)

January 29, 2016
Cardiology Credentials results available

February 1, 2016
2016 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examinations registration deadline

February 29, 2016
2016 LAIM Specialty Examination results available

March 1, 2016
Echocardiography, Catheterization, Education and Summary Logs due
LAIM case reports (2nd submission) due

May 1, 2016
LAIM case report results (2nd submission) available

May 7, 2016
2016 General Examination & 2016 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examination cancelation deadline for full refund

June 5-6, 2016
2016 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examinations (Denver, CO)

June 7, 2016
2016 General Examination (Denver, CO)

June 8-11, 2016
2016 ACVIM Forum (Denver, CO)

July 1, 2016
LAIM credentials (for the 2017 Specialty Examination)

July 22, 2016
2016 General Examination & 2016 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examination results available

January 12 & 13, 2017
2017 LAIM Specialty Examination (Las Vegas, NV)

January 11 & 12, 2018 
2018 LAIM Specialty Examination (Las Vegas, NV)

January 10 & 11, 2019
2019 LAIM Specialty Examination (Las Vegas, NV)