Veterinary Certification

ABVP Certification sets you apart – among the most ambitious, forward-thinking professionals in veterinary care, driven by a commitment to the wellbeing of animal and those who care for them.

Certified veterinarians not only align themselves with the best practitioners in the field, but they have the opportunity to earn higher wages and receive other ABVP benefits.

The ABVP is an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization™ for certification of it’s 11 Recognized Veterinary Specialties. The ABVP undergoes a comprehensive evaluation by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS), a committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association, every three years to ensure that we are maintaining the required standards for our certification process.

  • 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 certifies veterinary practitioners with exceptional knowledge, skill, and competency in the care of the total patient. ABVP Diplomates are certified in clinical practice for the species in which certification is granted. Clinical practice, as it pertains to veterinarians, is the art and science of applying medical knowledge to animals for their care and the alleviation and prevention of their diseases.

Most veterinarians performing broad-based clinical practice are not board certified. The ABVP board certified veterinarian has demonstrated they are capable of providing a level of clinical practice that is clearly superior to the norm of the profession.

All veterinarians interested in attaining Diplomate status with the ABVP are encouraged to first download and read the Applicant Handbook. The Applicant Handbook provides answers to all commonly asked questions and systematically guides you through the application and credentials process.

Once you are ready to apply, you will need to create an online account. All applications, fees, and credentials are submitted via your account. To create an account, please go to the Member Log-In page and follow the prompts.

ABVP was founded in 1978 as a certification body for veterinary practitioners, led by passionate volunteers. As our Diplomates (certified practitioners) grew, so did our reputation and influence within the profession, providing an extraordinary opportunity to set the standard for excellence in veterinary care.




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