Certification Information

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 for Certification

Candidates for certification must:

  1. Be a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
  2. Have two years of experience in epidemiology within five years previous to application. Time spent in a residency or graduate program with a focus on epidemiology qualifies toward the years of experience.
  3. Demonstrate competency in teaching of epidemiology, epidemiologic research, or practice that has contributed to the development of epidemiology by:
  1. providing evidence of co-authorship of at least one scientific article in the peer-reviewed literature within five years previous to application,
  2. 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.
  1. Provide letters of reference 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. Letters must be signed and dated within one year of the date of application submission.
  2. Pass the certifying examination as established by the Examination Committee.

Epidemiology Specialty Examination

The Epidemiology Specialty examination is administered annually, usually in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Convention. The next examination will be held in St. Louis, MO on July 15, 2011 in conjunction with the AVMA Convention. For study references and additional information about the examination, click on the links below.

Word Document Epidemiology Specialty Exam Information
Word Document Epidemiology Specialty Study References

Application and Certification Procedures

In order to sit for the 2011 Epidemiology Specialty examination, candidates must submit a completed application and a $50 application/examination fee to the ACVPM Executive Vice President, Dr. Candace McCall, no later than November 15, 2010. A certification fee of $150 is payable upon successful completion of the examination. Below are links to the application and additional information about certification.

Word Document Certification in the Epidemiology Specialty
Word Document Epidemiology Specialty Application for Certification


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