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Put ACVIM Board-certification in Your Future

Be a Leader in the Field of Veterinary Medicine!

The ACVIM seeks to enhance animal and human health by advancing veterinary internal medicine through Board-certification. Our specialists undergo considerable post-graduate training beyond the six to eight years of college education normally required to earn a veterinary degree. This post-graduate training includes an internship, residency and documented clinical experience that lays the groundwork for a candidate to take a certification exam leading to Diplomate status.

ACVIM Board-certification Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association approved college or school of veterinary medicine
  2. Complete a one-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery or equivalent broad based clinical experience

 Next Steps to enroll as as ACVIM Candidate:

  1. Enroll in an ACVIM approved Residency Training Program (RTP).
    1. Review the list of approved RTPs.
    2. Visit the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Programs for current openings and placement assistance (
    3. Review the General Information Guide (GIG).
  2. Register as a Candidate of the ACVIM within 90 days of starting an RTP.
    1. Register online
    2. You will receive confirmation of your registration via a “Candidate Welcome Letter” from the central office within 60 days of receipt. This letter will outline your Candidate timeline (i.e. eligibility dates for credentials and exams) as well as your assigned Candidate ID# and other important information.
  3. Meet all certification requirements for your specialty as outlined in the ACVIM General Information Guide (GIG). Minimum requirements include, but are not limited to:
    1. Pass General Examination
    2. Pass Credentials
    3. Pass Specialty Examination
    4. Complete RTP

For more information on Board-certification Prerequisites
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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)