What is a Board Certified Specialist?
The continual advancement of veterinary medicine and the progressively important part our pets continue to play in our lives has brought about the emergence of an assortment of veterinary specialist similar to those in human medicine (e.g.; cardiologist, radiologist, surgeons, internist, dermatologist, and dentist.) Canine and Feline Practice is one of more than 20 specialties currently recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Specialty certification requires completing 3 to 6 years of training in the area of specialization beyond the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Though each specialty has their own set of requirements, all applicants must pass advanced credential requirements approved by the AVMA. Along with comprehensive training in the area of expertise, the next step is submitting proof of expertise to a review board in their specialty college. Once those credentials have been accepted, an extensive written and practical examination must be successfully completed before earning the title of specialist.
After the requirements have been met, the veterinarian is then designated as a “Board Certified Specialist” or “Diplomate” of the respective specialty college. Veterinary candidates in the Canine/Feline specialty who complete this process can then use the well-earned titles, Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and Certified Specialist in Canine and Feline Practice.