What Is A Specialist?

A Specialist is a veterinarian who has received advanced training in a particular field and has become board-certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association as having obtained a high level of expertise. The AVMA recognizes specialists in a variety of fields such as dermatology, cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology and surgery. Further information about dermatology can be found through the American College of Veterinary Dermatology at www.acvd.org.

Board certification in a specialty requires:

  • A doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • A one-year internship
  • A two- to three-year residency
  • Original research with new, publishable findings
  • Successful completion of a series of written and practical examinations.

Only board-certified specialists are given the title "Diplomate" in their field of specialty.