One of the primary missions of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists is to promote education and training in behavior. We have been recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties as the organization to promote and standardize programs for veterinarians to become board certified in veterinary behavior. The general requirements:

  1. Graduate from an accredited veterinary school and attain veterinary licensure.

  2. Complete the equivalency of an internship.

  3. Complete a conforming residency (currently approved programs included below) or a non-conforming training program which was mentored and approved by ACVB. The non-conforming program requires that the veterinarian find an ACVB Diplomate who is willing to serve as their mentor. Each resident is required to accomplish a supervised behavioral caseload during their training The first 25 clinical cases are seen with the mentor present, 25 of the next 50 cases are seen under the direct supervision of the mentor. Close supervision is required for the first 200 cases.

  4. Author a scientific paper published in a peer reviewed journal based on your own research.

  5. Write three peer-reviewed case reports.

  6. Make application for the examination. A successful application allows the candidate to sit a comprehensive two-day test. When that examination has been successfully completed, the individual may become an ACVB Diplomate.

Approved Conforming Programs

When you are ready to learn more, the first step you will want to take is to download our Applicant Packet and thoroughly review it. We also suggest downloading and reviewing the Examination Blueprint.

Once you have found a mentor and are ready to register as a Resident, you will need to complete the Registration for Individuals Beginning Training form and pay the associated fee ($103 USD). When you are ready to submit your program for approval to the Specialty Training Committee, please utilize the Program Application form.

Important Certification Documents and Training Forms

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Providence, RI 02907
Email: info@dacvb.org

Our Mission

The Mission of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is to advance the behavioral health of animals through the certification of veterinary behavior specialists and the provision of science-based education.

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