Important Dates*

*The specific deadline on any stated due date shall be 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Residency Program Applications (Standard and Alternate)— Submit 6 months before intended start date

Resident Registration Form — For Standard and approved Alternate residencies, submit within 90 days after the start date

Credentials Application due date — August 15th each year

   (Preliminary case report submission – April 1st each year

Journal submission letter and submitted manuscript – October 15th each year

Examination fee ($375) – to be determined with letter of intent to sit for the exam, journal acceptance letter and accepted manuscript

Intent to sit for the Certifying Examination deadline – March 9, 2021

Certifying Examination – June 7-8, 2021 (tentative based on ACVIM Forum scheduling)



Standard and Alternate Program Application submission — $250
Standard Program Renewal review — $125
Standard and Alternate Resident Registration fee — $0
Credential Review fee — $250
Examination fee — residents who started their training prior to June 30, 2020 — $375 (one section $125)
Examination fee — residents who started their training on or after July 1, 2020 — $750 (one section $250)


Examination Preparation

Required and suggested readings to prepare for either small or large animal diplomate examination are provided in the pdf file found below.

 Suggested Study Guide


Forms and Other Guidance

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ACVN Application Procedures


Case Reports

Manuscript and Publication