Certification in the Epidemiology Specialty
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The Epidemiology Specialty is affiliated with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Specialty recognizes diplomates of the College who have an active interest in epidemiology and demonstrate competency in the teaching of epidemiology, epidemiologic research, and/or the practice of epidemiology in ways that promote the use and development of epidemiology.

Requirements to Apply for the Epidemiology Specialty Certification

Candidates must:

1.      Be a Diplomate of the ACVPM, 

2.      Have two (2) years of experience in epidemiology within five years previous to application. Time spent in a residency or graduate program with a focus on epidemiology does qualify toward the years of experience, 

3.      Demonstrate competency in teaching of epidemiology, epidemiological research, or practice that has contributed to the development of epidemiology by: 

a.       providing evidence of co-authorship of at least one scientific article in the peer-reviewed literature within five years previous to application, 


b.      if a manuscript has been submitted but is not published at the time of application, providing a letter from a collaborating researcher, faculty advisory, or epidemiologist (i.e., co-author with evidence of peer-reviewed scientific publications ) stating that the applicant has co-authored a scientific manuscript and submitted it for peer-review and publication within the 12 months prior to application. At least 60 days prior to sitting for the examination, the applicant must submit an acknowledgement from a peer-reviewed journal that the manuscript was submitted and accepted for publication, 


c.       if the applicant wishes to satisfy this requirement through a non-peer reviewed major report (e.g., surveillance report, program monitoring report) in which she/he had a substantial role in analysis and preparation, submitting the report or a link to a publicly available version together with a detailed description of the applicant’s role in the analysis and preparation of the report, 

4.      Provide letters of reference (to be dated within one year of the date of application submission) from at least three Diplomates of the ACVPM or nationally recognized epidemiologists, to include one person who was responsible for a significant portion of the candidate’s training in epidemiology, and 

Pass the certifying examination as established by the Examination Committee.

Fees for 2021 Candidates*: 

  • $50 covers the application and examination fees
  • $125 certification fee payable upon successful completion of the exam
  • $50 annual dues thereafter to maintain active epidemiology specialty status 

*In November 2019, the ACVPM Executive Board approved modification of these fees.

2021 Exam Application Portal

Important Dates

  • The 2020 Epi Specialty Exam application process is closed.
  • The 2021 Epi Specialty Exam application is now open through November 15, 2020. Please see the link above for the Exam Application Portal.

Important References:

  1. Epidemiology Specialty Study References
  2. Epidemiology Specialty Bylaws