The term “ACVS Diplomate” refers to a veterinarian who has been board certified in veterinary surgery. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.
Veterinarians wishing to become board certified in surgery must complete a three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published. This process is supervised by current ACVS Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate.
Advances in animal health care have led to a wider variety of treatment options, including highly-specialized surgical procedures. Board-certified surgeons spend at least four years after achieving their veterinary medical degree focusing strictly on surgery.
This concentrated training in surgery allows the ACVS Veterinary Surgeon to keep current with frequent advances in veterinary medicine. Board-certified surgeons are skilled in advanced orthopedic, abdominal, thoracic, neurologic, oncologic, and reconstructive surgeries. If your pet requires a surgical procedure, ask your veterinarian if consultation with a specialist is indicated. General procedures may be less likely to require someone who is board certified.
Our surgical team is led by Dr. Courtney Watkins.