The Best of the Best

As an ABVP Certified Veterinarian, you are among a very small group of specialists who earned the Diplomate title and joined an elite cadre of species-specialized veterinarians dedicated to veterinary excellence.

We salute the hard work and sacrifice you made to achieve this goal and recognize your clinical acumen.

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Proper Title usage

Diplomate Titles

Diplomates of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners should always use their title accurately and consistently.

Correct Pronunciation

Diplomate (dip·lo·mate, /ˈdipləˌmāt/)
a person who holds a diploma, especially a doctor certified as a specialist by a board of examiners.

Diplomat (dip·​lo·​mat, /ˈdi-plə-ˌmat/) is a person who
is employed or skilled in diplomacy, for example, a foreign diplomat.

For more detailed information, see Guidelines For The Use Of The ABVP Diplomate Title

Correct Usage

  • Dr. Chris Smith, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)
  • Chris Smith, DVM, DABVP (Equine Practice)
  • Chris Smith, DVM Board Certified in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice by The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
  • Dr. Chris Smith, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Board Certified in Avian Practice

Incorrect Usage

Never make intentionally or unintentionally misleading claims. For Example: Chris Smith, DVM, DABVP (Feline Medicine)

Staying current

Maintenance of Certification

Since ABVP’s inception in 1978, the specialty college has required Maintenance of Certification (MOC) every ten years. This is not “re-certifying” but “maintaining” your expertise – showing that you are staying current and staying the best of the best. MOC is achieved with a combination of Continuing Education, Journal Club, and various additional methods. The MOC Committee is there to help you succeed. For contact information, please see the Maintenance of Certification Handbook.

MOC Handbook MOC Details

Reading / quizzes

Journal Club

Journal Club is a mandatory part of MOC. An article to read and a corresponding quiz is posted on “odd” months. You will need to successfully complete 40 of the 60 articles and quizzes over the 10 year period.

IMPORTANT: Articles and quizzes are only available for 1 year after posting. Do NOT wait until the last minute! We recommend completing an average of 4 of 6 quizzes per year.

OPTIONAL: You can “chat” with your fellow Diplomates about the journal article. Contact ABVP if you would like to be added to the Google Group listserv!


Important Due Dates

  • Membership dues must be paid by June 30th of every year.
  • Maintenance of Certification: Final application, once all individual points applications are approved, is due July 15th of your 10th year.

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ABVP & VIN Rounds

ABVP is pleased to partner with VIN to make Rounds available to all ABVP Diplomates. You must be a VIN Member and/or an ABVP Diplomate to attend. Those who attend the live session will earn 1 hour of CE credit. Sessions are also recorded for viewing later with no CE credit awarded.

ABVP & VIN Rounds Access

ABVP & VIN Rounds Calendar

2024 Dates

  • July 7, 9 PM Eastern, Breathing Easy: Diagnosis and Management of Feline Lower Airway Disease, Jordan E. Gagne, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice), DABVP (Feline Practice)
  • August 11
  • September 19
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 29


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