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American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP)

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is an organization of board-certified scientists that has been setting the standard for veterinary pathology since 1949. By promoting excellence in veterinary pathology, ACVP improves and protects human and animal health for the betterment of society.

Our Mission
The mission of the College is to foster excellence in veterinary pathology to protect and improve animal, human, and environmental health to benefit society. The College promotes the advancement and sharing of knowledge, life-long learning and professional competency through its certifying examinations, educational programs, and journal. Integrity and respect for diversity are core values of the College. The College's vision is to be an innovative and integral contributor to global health solutions by understanding disease.

The Organization
ACVP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an eight-member elected Council. Incorporated in 1949, ACVP is the oldest veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dedicated to furthering scientific knowledge, ACVP's activities include the peer-reviewed journal Veterinary Pathology and a renowned annual scientific meeting. Successful completion of ACVP's rigorous certifying examination ensures scientific prestige and strong employer demand. ACVP is working to ensure the future of veterinary pathology with veterinary student chapter support and scholarship programs. Both members and corporations support ACVP's activities with financial contributions.

The Membership
ACVP's 2,483 members, or diplomates, reside in 27 countries and have all passed the certifying examination in veterinary anatomic and/or clinical pathology. All ACVP members have completed a degree in veterinary medicine and at least three years of post-veterinary school training. Many of them specialize further with doctorates in toxicology, molecular biology or other scientific fields. They work in academia, diagnostic labs, industry or state or federal government agencies, carrying out a diverse range of activities including:

  • Diagnosing disease in pet and food-producing animals
  • Teaching future scientists and veterinarians
  • Ensuring safety in food, pharmaceuticals and biological products
  • Conserving wildlife and the environment
  • Maintaining vigilance against outbreaks of new and emerging diseases
  • Conducting research to understand the mechanisms of disease for the advancement of animal and human health.

Member Services
Date: December 3 - 7, 2016
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Hotel: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Certifying Exam Dates

Phase I
Castle Worldwide Testing Centers
March 10, 2016

Phase II
Scheman Building, Iowa State Center
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
September 13 - 14, 2016

Executive Office Information
The American College of Veterinary Pathologists
2424 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704 USA
Phone: (608) 443-2466, ext. 149
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