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23-03-2008 - BOARD CERTIFIES 65 VETERINARY SURGERY SPECIALISTS

ACVS News Release

The ACVS office is moving!

As of March 28, 2008, our new address is:

19785 Crystal Rock Drive, Suite 305

Germantown, MD 20874

Phone: 301-916-0200

Fax: 301-916-2287


Contact: Sue Nocitra

Marketing Manager

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Phone: 301-610-2000 x100

Fax: 301-610-0371

www.acvs.org

www.acvs.org/Members/DiplomateDirectory

Email: acvs@acvs.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2008

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS

BOARD CERTIFIES 65 VETERINARY SURGERY SPECIALISTS

Rockville, Maryland – 65 Veterinarians successfully completed the rigorous board certification examination of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) given February 3-4, 2008, in San Diego, CA.

The examination consists of written, case-based and practical portions and can only be taken after a veterinarian completes four years of training beyond veterinary school. This additional training includes a one-year rotating internship and a three-year surgical residency program. During the closely supervised residency program, the resident works with recognized board certified specialists to acquire additional knowledge and skill in veterinary surgery. The resident must also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the scientific literature and maintaining a moral and ethical standing in the veterinary profession.

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 certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons has been attained by about 2% of the 62,000* practicing veterinarians in the United States. There is now a total of 1354 ACVS board certified veterinary surgeons. The percentage of ACVS Diplomates in private practice, just over 60%, has doubled since 1992.

“We are pleased to welcome these 65 ACVS Veterinary Surgeons,” says Ann T. Loew, EdM, CAE and Executive Director of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. “The guiding purpose of ACVS is to promote the highest standards in veterinary surgery and animal health care. ACVS board certified veterinary surgeons represent unparalleled dedication to surgical excellence.”

For the names of board certified surgeons in your area, please visit the ACVS web site (www.acvs.org) to access the “Find a Surgeon” directory or call the ACVS office at (301) 610-2000 x113.


The American College of Veterinary Surgeons is the only board certification organization for veterinary surgeons recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Established in 1965, the mission of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons is to advance the art and science of surgery and promote excellence in animal health care through research, education and service to the public.

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*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Veterinarians held about 62,000 jobs in 2006.

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