What is a Board Certified Surgeon?

As with most health-related fields, veterinarians can specialize in a variety of different disciplines, including surgery. These specialities are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties and The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), which certifies veterinarians in large and small animal surgery. In order for a veterinarian to meet the requirements for becoming a specialist, they complete several years of additional training beyond veterinary school. This includes a minimum one-year internship, as well as a three-year residency program that meets the ACVS guidelines and rigorous caseload requirements.

Specialists who complete this level of additional training are granted the title of “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons,” the more common reference being a Board-Certified Surgeon.

Why Does Certification Matter?

While all veterinarians are able to perform standard surgeries upon completion of veterinary school, delicate or more complex cases are ideally performed by a specialist, resulting in a more comprehensive, practiced, and overall higher standard of care. 

Board-certified specialists are able to offer elevated expertise and cultivate the best possible outcome for your pet and their individual needs. Additionally, they work closely with primary care veterinarians to ensure an appropriate continuum of care.