The American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes veterinary specialty organizations (RVSOs) and veterinary specialties (RVSs) promoting advanced levels of competency in well-defined fields of veterinary medicine. The ABVS is composed of 12 voting members. Four are members of, and appointed by the AVMA Veterinary Specialty Organizations Committee; four represent non-specialty AVMA membership and are appointed by the AVMA Board of Directors; one appointed by and representing the Assoication of American Veterinary Colleges; one appointed by and representing the Association of Veterinary State Boards; one psychometrician; and one public member. Staff in the AVMA Education and Research division facilitate ABVS operations.
See the ABVS P&P manual for a complete history and description of the ABVS.
View the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) Policies and Procedures.
The American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes and encourages the development of recognized veterinary specialty organizations (RVSOs) promoting advanced levels of competency in well-defined areas of study or practice categories to provide the public with exceptional veterinary service.
— Mission Statement, AVMA ABVS
Currently, there are 22 AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialty OrganizationsTM comprising 40 distinct AVMA-Recognized Veterinary SpecialtiesTM. More than 13,500 veterinarians have been awarded diplomate status in one or more of these 22 recognized veterinary specialty organizations by completing rigorous postgraduate training, education, and examination requirements. These board-certified specialists are ready to serve the public, its animals, and the veterinary profession by providing high quality service in disciplines as varied as internal medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, toxicology, dentistry, behavior, and pathology. Visit the website of any of the AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations by clicking on the links in the column on the left side of this page.
For guideline on the establishment, recognition and supervision of veteriarny specialty organizations see the ABVS P&P.
Find links to each specialty organization's Web site for information regarding a specific recognized veterinary specialty.
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