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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 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

March 2, 2015
2015 LAIM Specialty Examination results available
LAIM case reports (2nd submission) due*
(*Please note that this date has been moved back one month)
Echocardiography, Catheterization, Education and Summary Logs due

May 1, 2015
LAIM case report results (2nd submission) available

May 4, 2015
2015 General Examination & 2015 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examination cancellation deadline for full refund

May 31 & June 1, 2015
2015 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examination (Indianapolis, Indiana)

June 2, 2015
2015 General Examination (Indianapolis, Indiana)

June 3–6, 2015
2015 ACVIM Forum
Indianapolis, Indiana

July 1, 2015
LAIM credentials (for the 2016 Specialty Examination) due

July 17, 2015
2015 General Examination & 2015 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examination results available

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

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