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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 (www.virmp.org).
    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 at www.ACVIM.org
    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
Contact: Finn@ACVIM.org with any questions

Deadlines & Reminders

April 18, 2014
RTP renewal results available.

May 1, 2014
LAIM case report results (2nd submission) available.

May 5, 2014
2014 General Examination cancelation deadline for full refund.
2014 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology & SAIM Specialty Examinations cancelation deadlines for full refund.

May 17, 2014
Advance registration for 2014 ACVIM Forum closes. On site begins June 3.

June 1–2, 2014
2014 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology & SAIM Specialty Examinations (Nashville, TN).

June 3, 2014
2014 General Examination (Nashville, TN).

June 4–7, 2014
2014 ACVIM Forum in Nashville, Tennessee
Specialty Symposium on June 4th

July 1, 2014
LAIM credentials (for the 2015 Specialty Examination) due.

July 18, 2014
2014 General Examination results available.
2014 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology & SAIM Specialty Examination results available.

August 29, 2014
LAIM Credentials results available

September 18, 2014
ACE Course—Hypophysectomy: A Surgical Solution to Pituitary Masses

September 1920, 2014
ACE Course—Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery

October 1, 2014
2015 General Examination registration deadline
Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Credentials (for the 2015 Specialty Examination) due
2015 LAIM Specialty Examination registration deadline
LAIM case reports (1st submission) deadline

December 1, 2014
Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Credentials results available
LAIM case report results (1st submission) available
Cardiology Credentials (for the 2015 Specialty Examination) due

December 15, 2014
2015 LAIM Specialty Examination cancelation deadline for full refund

January 15 & 16, 2015
2015 LAIM Specialty Examination (Las Vegas, NV)

January 30, 2015
Cardiology Credentials results available

February 2, 2015
2015 Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty Examination registration deadline

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 cancelation 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