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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 a college or school of veterinary medicine approved by the AVMA, OR be legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States, Canada or another country
  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
    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

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)