What is an ACVD Diplomate / Dermatology Specialists ?

American College of Veterinary Dermatologists (ACVD)

What is an ACVD Diplomate?

The term “ACVD Diplomate” refers to a veterinarian who has been board-certified in veterinary dermatology.

What is the ACVD?

The American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) is the official specialty organization accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1982 and charged with maintenance of high standards of postgraduate training in veterinary dermatology. The purpose of the ACVD is to advance and promote excellence in veterinary dermatology, oversee postgraduate training in veterinary dermatology, sponsor research, and organize scientific and educational programs for both veterinary dermatologists and general practitioners.

The ACVD is empowered to examine qualified candidates and confer Diplomate (board certification) status in veterinary dermatology. Board certification requires completion of a 2-3 year approved residency training program, an original research project, publication in a scientific journal, and successful completion of the certification examination. Currently there are only a few hundred ACVD board-certified dermatologists worldwide who work in private specialty practices, academic positions, and industry.

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When your family veterinarian decides to refer your pet to us for evaluation, we will keep your veterinarian informed throughout the specialized care we will provide for your pet. After patient discharge, your veterinarian may also provide additional postoperative follow-up care. This continuity between specialist and primary care veterinarian ensures the best possible outcome for your pet.

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