ABVS - Reports of AVMA-recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations, Veterinary Specialties, and Veterinary Subspecialties

June 2013

A. Annual reports

Each fully recognized veterinary specialty organization is required to provide an annual report for the ABVS. In the case of those RVSOs that have established an independent certification board, a report from that certification board will be required as a component of the annual report from the parent RVSO. A form for the annual report is provided (see Appendix B). Reports are necessary to gather statistical data and to identify issues and potential problems and to ensure continued compliance with ABVS Standards. Reports are due by November 1 for consideration during the annual meeting of the full ABVS. Reports for fully recognized veterinary specialties and subspecialties must be submitted in conjunction with the report of the parent RVSO.

B. Five-year in-depth reports

Each fully recognized veterinary specialty organization (and their independent certification board, where such an entity exists) is required to submit an in-depth report of its status and activities to the ABVS at five-year intervals following full recognition. The in-depth report must be organized as outlined in Appendix C. Reports are necessary to gather current information and to assess compliance with the standards in section II, part B of the Policies of the ABVS. Reports are due by November 1 for consideration during the annual meeting of the full ABVS. Reports for fully recognized veterinary specialties and subspecialties must be submitted in conjunction with the report of the parent RVSO.

C. Interim reports

Veterinary specialty organizations (including those with independent certification boards) with provisional or probationary recognition by the AVMA are required to submit an interim report each year. This report must address progress toward meeting criteria (described in section II, part B of the Policies of the ABVS) required for full recognition. Reports are due by November 1 for consideration during the spring meeting of the full ABVS.  A form for interim reports is included (see Appendix D). Interim reports for veterinary specialties and subspecialties must be submitted in conjunction with the report of the parent RVSO.