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 Board of Veterinary Practitioners

  • Shelter medicine
  • Reptile amphibian
  • Exotic companion animal
  • Canine and feline
  • Equine
  • Food animal
  • Dairy
  • Swine health management
  • Avian
  • Beef cattle
  • Feline

American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
American College of Animal Welfare
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
American College of Poultry Veterinarians
American College of Theriogenologists
American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
American College of Veterinary Dermatology
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

  • Cardiology
  • Small animal internal medicine
  • Large animal internal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Nutrition