Mission & History

ABVP was founded in 1978 and its Diplomates have a common desire and willingness to deliver superior, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary veterinary service to the public. They are veterinarians who have demonstrated expertise in the broad range of clinical subjects relevant to their practice and display the ability to communicate medical observations and data in an organized and appropriate manner.

ABVP currently awards certification in eleven recognized veterinary specialties (RVS’s):

  • Avian Practice
  • Beef Cattle Practice
  • Canine and Feline Practice
  • Dairy Practice
  • Equine Practice
  • Exotic Companion Mammal Practice
  • Feline Practice
  • Food Animal Practice
  • Reptile and Amphibian Practice
  • Shelter Medicine Practice
  • Swine Health Management

ABVP certification is available to practicing veterinarians without the need to pursue a formal residency or postgraduate education. The main purpose is self-improvement through demonstrating specialist-level skills and knowledge. The certification process is demanding and requires a thorough mastery of species-oriented practice.

The certification offered by ABVP is recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association. To learn more about specialization in veterinary medicine, please visit the ABVS website.

Mission Statement

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) is committed to excellence in species-specialized veterinary practice for the wellbeing of animals and those who care for them, striving to make a difference in the world through professional certification, education, and innovation.

Vision Statement

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) vision is to promote and provide the highest standard of care in the total patient and to advance the quality of veterinary practice throughout the world.