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.

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, or with any other questions about the process.

As most are aware, the current ACVIM Maintenance of Credentials (MOC) submission and tracking platform is not ideal. It is confusing for both MOC participants and committee members, and it is difficult for staff to process submissions in an efficient and timely manner. The ACVIM appreciates how burdensome this has been and has been actively working on solutions!

We are thrilled to announce that the ACVIM is in the development phase of a new electronic MOC submission and tracking platform. In tandem, the staff and ACVIM MOC Committee is working together to make appropriate updates to the program to help streamline processes and provide much needed clarification to the MOC program. Our goal is to launch program updates, including documentation updates, and the new platform during 2019 Q4.

Admittedly, the work that is being done to develop the new platform and update the program, as well as the issues with our current and very cumbersome system, has significantly slowed submission processing – almost to a complete halt over the past few months. To ensure a clean transition to the new platform, we have elected to suspend all submissions within the current platform. We will continue to process complete submissions that are currently in “pending” status. A complete submission includes all information and documentation needed to approve/deny the activity. If a submission is incomplete it will not be processed further. You will be notified via email that your submission has been deleted and you will need to resubmit when the submission portal is re-opened. Once the new platform is live, all MOC-mandated Diplomates will be notified accordingly and submissions will resume. Please make sure your contact information in ACVIM 360 is up to date so you do not miss important information!

The ACVIM would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are confident that the new system will address many of our current problems by minimizing the submission frustration and significantly decreasing the time it takes to process. Please keep your eye out for important updates and opportunities to assist with the platform testing phase over the coming months!