What is an ACVS Diplomate / Surgery Specialist ?

American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)

What is an ACVS Diplomate?

The term “ACVS Diplomate” refers to a veterinarian who has been board-certified in veterinary surgery. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.
Board certified surgeons have at least 4 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.
Rapid advances in the veterinary profession can make it difficult for general practice veterinarians to remain current with recent developments in techniques and technologies required to manage some of today’s complex surgical problems. Additionally, specialized Diplomates perform more surgeries than any other group. A highly focused caseload means we have an unequaled understanding of veterinary surgery and perform it with exceptional skill. Possessing the training, expertise and equipment to perform the most demanding procedures, the ACVS Diplomate can help the primary care veterinarian provide the best possible care to the patient. 

How do we work together with your veterinarian?

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

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