Veterinary specialties

Veterinary specialties


American Board of Veterinary Specialties

The AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) recognizes veterinary specialties and specialty organizations, promoting advanced levels of competency in well-defined fields of veterinary medicine.

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"The American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the 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

Veterinary specialty organizations

There are 22 AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations™ comprising 46 distinct AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialties™. More than 16,500 veterinarians have been awarded Diplomate status in one or more of these specialty organizations after completing rigorous postgraduate training, education, and examination requirements. Board-certified veterinary specialists serve animals and the public through collaboration and teamwork with primary care veterinarians, human medical professionals, research scientists, and public health officials.

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AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations™ and AVMA-Recognized Veterinary Specialties™

American College of Veterinary Microbiologists

  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Bacteriology/Mycology
  • Parasitology

American College of Veterinary Nephrology-Urology (provisionally recognized March 2022)

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

American College of Veterinary Pathologists

  • Anatomic pathology
  • Clinical pathology

American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

  • Epidemiology

American College of Veterinary Radiology

  • Radiation oncology
  • Equine diagnostic imaging

American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 

  • Canine
  • Equine

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

  • Small animal surgery
  • Large animal surgery

American College of Zoological Medicine

American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

American Veterinary Dental College

  • Equine dental