The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners is tremendously saddened by George Floyd's death. We are committed to the wellbeing of animals and those who care for them, and as such will not stay silent as people suffer in communities of color due to systemic racism. Let us be clear, black lives matter to us and to our patients.


It is challenging and uncomfortable to confront issues like racism in the veterinary community. We ask ourselves, how can we be more like our patients, seeking companionship and support from all humans regardless of race? What can we do as an organization to reject prejudice, increase diversity, and promote opportunity for aspiring veterinarians from under-served populations?


  • We will learn and take action.
  • We will listen to people of color and welcome them with their skills and unique, valuable points of view into our profession.
  • We will carefully and continually examine our own biases, both conscious and unconscious.
  • We will do the work of seeing and understanding how racism, of omission and commission, permeates our society.
  • We pledge to increase diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance within ABVP and we commit to supporting anti-racism.
  • The Standard of Excellence in Veterinary Care

    Veterinarians who are ABVP Certified have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine.

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    BENEFITS

    Aligning with the Best Practitioners in the Field

    Certification takes dedication, adherence to high standards of practice and continuing education. Ultimately, it sets you apart— among the most ambitious, forward-thinking professionals in veterinary care, driven by a commitment to the wellbeing of animals and those who care for them.

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    PROGRAMS

    Practitioner Path

    Practitioner Path

    Practitioner applicants must have five years clinical experience as a veterinarian.

    Submit two case reports from the preceding five years, or one case report and one publication, along with other specialized documentation.

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    Residency Path

    Residency Path

    Residency applicants must complete a rotating internship, or a minimum of one year in practice.

    Complete a two- or three-year, ABVP-approved residency training program.

    Submit two case reports from the preceding five years, or one case report and one publication, for review along with other specialized documentation.

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