What is a Diplomate / Specialist?


The title “Diplomate” refers to a veterinarian who is board certified in some veterinary specialty area.  Board certified specialists commonly have 4-8 years of additional training after veterinary school which includes a 3-year residency.  Residencies provide specific training in an area of specialization not available as part of a typical veterinary education.  This process is strictly supervised by a national organization made up of those types of specialists. These colleges ensure consistency in training and adherence to high standards.  Once the program has been completed, the resident must pass a rigorous examination.  Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of Diplomate and be considered a specialist in that particular veterinary area.


Diplomates are on the forefront of disease research.  They are the pioneers of the finest new techniques and are responsible for the advancement of veterinary medicine in their area of specialization.


Diplomates perform more procedures in their area of specialization than any other veterinarian.  A highly focused caseload means they have an unequaled understanding of veterinary medicine in their area of specialization and so can perform it with exceptional skill.


Diplomates are the experts in their area of veterinary specialization.  They have advanced expertise founded on a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and clinical medicine.  They are the teachers of students and veterinarians alike.

PU-VTH has veterinarians in the following Areas of Specialization

ACLAM – American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine                                    

ACPV – American College of Poultry Veterinarians                                           

ACT – American College of Theriogenologists                                                 

ACVA – American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists                                

ACVD – American College of Veterinary Dermatology                                       

ACVECC – American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care            

ACVIM – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

              Small Animal/Large Animal Internal Medicine                                     




ACVM – American College of Veterinary Microbiologists                                     

ACVN – American College of Veterinary Nutrition                                                

ACVO – American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists                                  

ACVP – American College of Veterinary Pathologists

              Clinical Pathology                                                                                  

              Anatomic Pathology                                                                               

ACVPM – American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine                              

ACVR – American College of Veterinary Radiology

              Diagnostic Imaging                                                                                

              Radiation Oncology                                                                                

ACVS – American College of Veterinary Surgery (LA and SA)     

ACVT - American College of Veterinary Toxicology


American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners advances the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence in species-oriented clinical practice.  ABVP Diplomates have a common desire and willingness to deliver superior, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary veterinary service to the public. The ABVP board certified veterinarian has demonstrated by the certification process that they are capable of providing a level of clinical practice that is clearly superior to the norm of the profession. A 3-year residency is not part of the credentialing process for this certification.  It is the goal of the ABVP that practitioners who excel in the art and science of clinical practice would seek certification.

ABVP is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association to offer species-based certification in following practice categories:  Avian, Beef Cattle, Canine, Dairy, Equine, Exotic Companion Mammal, Feline, Food Animal, Reptile and Amphibian, and Swine Health Management.  At Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine, we have clinicians who are certified in Beef Cattle, Equine, and Canine.




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