What is a board-certified veterinary specialist?
A board-certified veterinary specialist is a veterinarian that has advanced training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and passed an examination in that specialty. The advanced training is done at a College of Veterinary Medicine or approved practice under the supervision of board-certified specialists in that area. The examination is administered by the specialty college.
The advanced training is usually called a residency and takes 2 to 3 years. This training enables the veterinarian to have access to the most advanced veterinary technologies and training while experiencing a variety of cases in that specialty.
Additional Terms for Board-Certified
Some Colleges of Specialties
- ACVIM – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
- ACVR – American College of Veterinary Radiology
- ACVS – American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- ACVA – American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists
- ACVD – American College of Veterinary Dermatology
- ACT – American College of Theriogenologists
- ACVSMR – American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
- ACVO – American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists at UF
The UF Large Animal Hospital has more than 30 board-certified specialists in 11 different areas. Our veterinarians work as a team to provide the most comprehensive care for our clients and the best possible education for our students and the profession. To schedule an appointment with our specialists, contact the UF Large Animal Hospital at 352-392-2229.