Chances are your animal's doctor might never tell you,
but you'd want to know: your veterinarian is one of a very small group of
specialists, known as Diplomates, who earned the Diplomate title from the
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. In fact, your veterinarian is one of 900 ABVP Diplomates in
the United States and abroad.
What does that mean? It means your veterinarian made a choice to undergo a long and difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This process takes a minimum of three years to complete and the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence.
ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.
How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care.
The ABVP is an American Veterinary Medical Association recognized
veterinary specialty organization (RVSO). ABVP currently
offers certification in ten recognized veterinary
Beef Cattle Practice
Canine and Feline Practice
Exotic Companion Mammal Practice
Food Animal Practice
Reptile and Amphibian 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.