April 10, 2021 – note that several forms on this page have been temporarily removed for editing. Please refer to the Certifying Manual which is in effect as of March 31, 2021.


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

Intent to sit for the Certifying Examination deadline – TBD

Certifying Examination – TBD



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 examinations are provided in the pdf file found below.

Suggested Study Guide 2021


Forms and Other Guidance

Please select from the list below. Documents are PDF forms and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and complete. Documents will open into a new window and may then be completed. You may close the window to return to this website. Please submit all completed forms to acvnsecretary@gmail.com with copy to acvnassistant@gmail.com.  


ACVN Application Procedures

Application Procedures


Training Program Information Guide & Expected Skills

Training Program Application Form (and Standard Program Renewal Form)

Manuscript and Publication


Credentials Application Instructions

Mentor Letter Template