Veterinary specialties

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A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who specializes in a clinical field of veterinary medicine.

Most specialties require a 1-year internship or 2 years of clinical practice prior to beginning a residency of 3–4 years' duration. Most specialties require the resident to produce some academic contribution (often in the form of a scientific publication) in order to qualify to sit the certifying examination. Admission or entry into a Veterinary Specialty residency program is quite competitive in the United States and Canada. A veterinarian needs to complete a 1-year internship or, for some residency programs, have 2 years of clinical experience. A Veterinary Specialist may be consulted when an animal’s condition requires specialized care above and beyond that which a regular veterinarian can offer. Many Veterinary Specialists require a referral in order to be seen. After treatment, a Veterinary Specialist may stay in close contact with the referring veterinarian to provide ongoing treatment suggestions and advice. Veterinary specialists may earn 2-3 times more than general practice veterinarians.

Specialties

American Veterinary Medical Association

"A veterinary specialist, as recognized by the AVMA, is a graduate veterinarian who has successfully completed the process of board certification in an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization (ie, board or college). To become board certified, a veterinarian must have extensive post-graduate training and experience and a credential review and examinations set by the given specialty organization." [1]

The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes the following 21 veterinary specialty organizations:

  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
  • American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
  • American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • American College of Poultry Veterinarians
  • American College of Theriogenologists
  • American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
  • American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
  • American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition
  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
  • American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • American College of Zoological Medicine
  • American Veterinary Dental College

Proposed Specialty Organizations

  • American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
  • American College of Animal Welfare

European Board of Veterinary Specialisation

The European Board of Veterinary Specialisation recognizes the following 23 veterinary specialty organizations:

  • European College of Zoological Medicine
  • European College of Animal Reproduction
  • European College of Bovine Health Management
  • European College of Equine Internal Medicine
  • European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • European College of Porcine Health Management
  • European College of Poultry Veterinary Medicine
  • European College of Small Ruminant Health Management
  • European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
  • European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine
  • European College of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition
  • European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • European College of Veterinary Dermatology
  • European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animals
  • European College of Veterinary Neurology
  • European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • European College of Veterinary Pathology
  • European College of Veterinary Public Health
  • European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • European College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • European Veterinary Dentistry College
  • European Veterinary Parasitology College

International Board of Veterinary Specialisation and other boards

  • International Veterinary veterinary forensic sciences association
  • Vet food agro diagnostics
  • Honey bee veterinary consortium
  • Pig veterinarian society

See also


External links

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • European Board of Veterinary Specialisation
  • NetVet
  • Vet Students Abroad
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