Maintenance of Credentials

Maintenance of Credentials

Maintenance of Credentials (MOC)

On January 1, 2016, a program of Maintenance of Credentials (MOC) became a requirement for all new Diplomates and for any Diplomates certified prior to 2016 who volunteered to participate. The Diplomate certificates issued to Diplomates who completed their credentials and became Diplomates on or after January 1, 2016 will be current for a period of 10 years. By the end of this 10-year period, Diplomates must have met the criteria established to demonstrate that they have maintained their credentials or their certificate will become inactive, and they will no longer be recognized as Board-certified by the ACVIM. A template with criteria for MOC was developed by a College-wide MOC Committee (MOCC) appointed by the Board of Regents, containing members from each specialty. That template was approved by the Board of Regents at the October 2015 Board meeting. The ACVIM MOCC maintains oversight of the five Specialty MOC committees to maintain consistency of requirements within the College.

As you familiarize yourself with the MOC template, please note that there are four categories of professional activity within which points can be accrued towards MOC. Diplomates engaged in the MOC process are able to track their MOC activities and upload supporting documents through their Diplomate Dashboard on the ACVIM website. Each Specialty MOCC maintains list of pre-approved CE meetings. If there are CE meetings not listed for your Specialty, or other professional activities for which a Diplomate would like to seek approval, an approval request form is available to complete and e-mail to This request will then be forwarded to the appropriate Specialty MOCC for review.

If you became an ACVIM Diplomate prior to January 1, 2016, you may choose to participate in MOC. The process is the same as described above and your certificate will expire in ten years unless you fulfill the required 75 points within the 10-year period. Please contact if you wish to participate.

Specialty-specific lists of approved CE at the Specialist and Generalist level

CE Meeting Approval Request Form for CE not currently approved

Professional Activity Approval Request Form for professional activities not currently approved

Tutorial with Instructions to Track Credentials and Upload Supporting Documents