ABVS - Procedure for Review of Adverse Decisions

July 2017


If a dispute between a candidate/applicant for specialty certification and an RVSO remains unresolved after exhaustion of the appeal procedures established by the RVSO, the ABVS recommends that candidates and specialty organizations utilize a mediation process. Mediation is defined as “friendly intervention, usually by consent or invitation, between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise.” The ABVS can assist with arrangements for mediation to occur at the AVMA headquarters, if desired by both parties, by contacting the AVMA ABVS staff consultant. The mediation should be conducted by a professional mediator, selected by mutual agreement between the parties, and all expenses incurred would be the responsibility of the parties involved.