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The ACVPM application and certification processes require the highest level of moral character combined with professional experience and qualifications. These exceptional standards and quality of our diplomates attests to the quality of the ACVPM certification exam. Qualifications are below and explained in full detail in the ACVPM Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 2.

Requirements to Apply for the ACVPM Exam

Applicants shall: 

  • Be a graduate from a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA or possess a certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of the AVMA or be legally qualified (licensed) to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States or other country, and
  • Have a history of unquestionable moral character and professional behavior, and
  • Have a total of four years of combined qualifying experience after the veterinary degree in three or more areas of veterinary preventive medicine, as defined in Article II of the ACVPM Constitution.
    • Article II
      • a. Surveillance, recognition, prevention, control and management of diseases of livestock, poultry, wildlife, zoo and companion animals.
      • b. Prevention and control of zoonotic diseases and foodborne illnesses.
      • c. Reduction of bites, injuries and other environmental and occupational human health hazards related to animals.
      • d. Promoting food safety and wholesomeness.
      • e. Promotion of humane animal care and the use of animals in animal-facilitated therapy. 
    • The ACVPM Credentials Committee is responsible for determining the suitability of all experience.
      • A master’s or doctoral degree in preventive medicine/public health or other relevant medical science may count towards the four years of qualifying experience (for example, two years in a Master of Public Health program may be reviewed and considered by the Credentials Committee as two years of qualifying experience).
      • A formal training or residency program approved by the College shall count as qualifying experience.
      • Applicants in good standing in the final year of a College-approved formal training or residency program, who meet the requirements in Bylaws Article VIII Sections 2a and 2b, and who will meet the qualifying experience requirements in this Section upon completion of their approved formal training or residency program, shall be eligible to sit for the examination. Final certification is contingent upon documentation of successful completion of the approved formal training or residency program.
      • A portion of this experience may be obtained through a formal education program as listed under Training Programs on this website.
  • Be sponsored by an ACVPM Diplomate in good standing who can attest to your character, professional experience, and qualifications.


  • $550 covers the application and examination fees* 
  • $400 exam retake fee*
  • $75 certification fee payable upon successful completion of the exam; must be paid to receive Diplomate certificate*
  • $150 annual dues thereafter to maintain active Diplomate status*

*In October 2019, the ACVPM Executive Board approved modification of these fees as follows:

  • Exam Fee - $625 effective 1 July 2020
  • Exam Retake Fee - $475 effective 1 July 2020
  • Certification Fee - $100 for new Diplomates in 2021 and $125 for new Diplomates in 2022
  • Annual Dues - $200 for dues year 2021, $225 for dues year 2022, and $250 for dues year 2023

REFUND: Applicants deemed ineligible to take the examination may request a partial refund of their application fee in accordance with ACVPM Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 2.

Important Dates

  • 2020 ACVPM Exam Date, Location: To Be Determined in Columbus, Ohio
  • 2021 Exam application window opens during in early summer of 2020.    


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