What is the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners?

Taken from the ABVP Client Brochure…

abvp“The specialty of veterinary practice was established by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) – and is sanctioned by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) – to set standards for advanced professionalism in veterinary practice. The ABVP encourages excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species oriented specialists. Veterinarians certified by examination are called Diplomates.

The objective of the ABVP is to promote and recognize high standards in the art and science of veterinary practice. By awarding Diplomate status, the ABVP recognizes individuals who have demonstrated that they are qualified to fill a unique and specific role in the delivery of “state of the art” veterinary service.

Your veterinarian made a choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examinations – a process that can take up to three years to complete — to become a Board Certified Specialist.

When the work was accepted and the exam was passed, your veterinarian was awarded the title of Diplomate. It doesn’t end there, though. Diplomates must prepare and re-certify their specialty every 10 years.

ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. What’s more, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more species of animals.

What does this mean to you? It means that you can rest easy. By having your animals seen by an ABVP Diplomate, you are making sure that they receive expert treatment. Your veterinarian feels a very strong commitment to providing the best possible care. In fact, the only motivation for becoming an ABVP Diplomate is simply that…Excellence.”