American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
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How to Become Board Certified

Note: ACVSMR is currently revising residencies and the credentialing process. The information listed on this page may change slightly over the next year as it becomes more refined and detailed.

Before applying for certification by ACVSMR, a candidate must:

  1. Be a graduate from a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA; or possess an ECFVG or PAVE certificate; or be legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States, Canada, or other country
  2. Fulfill the requirements for one of the three following paths to take the certifying examination:

    1. Academic Path
      An approved three year residency program in either an academic institution or a multispecialty practice with board certified specialists in surgery, medicine or rehabilitation with educational and clinical focus on sports medicine and rehabilitation OR a post DVM doctoral graduate program with the focus on sports medicine and rehabilitation. A candidate must be the first or senior author on a published peer reviewed, hypothesis driven manuscript in a refereed journal. An acceptance letter indicating “in press” status will be accepted.

    2. Practice Experience Path
      The Practice Experience Path is available for veterinarians who have gained experience and expertise in sports medicine and rehabilitation in a private practice or university setting. This requires documentation of a minimum of 5 years with at least a 50% time commitment to clinical cases of equine or canine sports medicine and/or equine or canine rehabilitation. A candidate must be the first or senior author on a published peer-reviewed, hypothesis-driven manuscript in a refereed journal.

    3. Nontraditional Residency Path
      A nontraditional residency pathway is available for veterinarians who do not qualify under #2 above, but are not able to commit to a traditional residency. It has the same requirements as a traditional residency but can be performed over an extended time period. The candidate will be matched with one or more Diplomate(s) of the American College of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. The selected Diplomate(s) will submit the candidate and a proposed training program to the Credentials Residency Committee for approval to proceed in a nontraditional residency. The residency cannot start until the proposed training program is approved by the Credentials Residency Committee. Yearly progress reports must be submitted to the Credentials Residency Committee to evaluate the candidate’s development and progress. The Credentials Residency Committee has the authority to assess the candidate’s progress and grant approval to continue with the program, or indicate that the program should be changed or determine that the candidate should discontinue or has failed the program. A candidate must be the first or senior author on a published peer-reviewed, hypothesis-driven manuscript in a referred journal.

 

 

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Admission Requirements for ACVSMR (DRAFT)

Appendix III A: Curriculum for core knowledge of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation to be tested in first examination

Appendix III B: Curriculum for Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation to be Tested in Canine Species Examination

Appendix III C: Curriculum for Equine Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation to be Tested in Equine Species Examination

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