What is a Boarded Surgeon or an ACVS Diplomate?

What is a Boarded Surgeon or an ACVS Diplomate?

The title “ACVS Diplomate” refers to a veterinarian who is board certified in veterinary surgery.  Board certified surgeons commonly have 4-8 years of additional training after veterinary school including a 3-year surgery residency.  Residencies provide specific specialized surgery training not available as part of a typical veterinary education.  This process is strictly supervised by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards.  Once the program has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination.  Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate and can be considered a specialist in veterinary surgery.


Diplomates are on the forefront of surgical disease research.  They are the pioneers of the finest surgical techniques and are responsible for the advancement of veterinary surgery.


Diplomates perform more surgeries than any other group.  A highly focused caseload means they have an unequaled understanding of veterinary surgery and perform it with exceptional skill.


Diplomates are the experts in veterinary surgery.  They have advanced surgical expertise founded on a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical medicine.  They are the teachers of students and veterinarians alike.  Any veterinarian who performs surgery has benefited from a Diplomate’s expertise.


Diplomates learn state-of-the-art surgical techniques.  They continually expand their knowledge and skill base through intensive continuing education.

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