The ACVPM has been an instrument not only for certification of veterinary specialists and the advancement of veterinary public health and preventive medicine but also the basis for the formation of lasting friendships based on shared experiences. It serves as a network for like-minded practitioners and enhances professional relationships.
In addition, diplomates enjoy the following benefits:
- Preferred employment—Specialty board certification has been, and undoubtedly will continue to be, an important discriminator during job applications. Being an ACVPM diplomate speaks volumes about your professional expertise and dedication.
- Salary benefits—Employers, such as many veterinary and medical colleges, private industries, the military, and the Commissioned Corps, recognize the positive benefits of specialty board certification and appropriately reward diplomates for their efforts.
- Improved service to clients—Specialty board certification offers the veterinary practitioner the expertise to incorporate into their practice those aspects of preventive medicine and public health education that will offer their clients advanced health care guidance for their individual companion animals or their production herds.
- Enhanced service to the global public health/preventive medicine community—The ACVPM is a dynamic organization, constantly changing to meet the evolving local and global professional needs of its constituency.
- Enhanced professional stature—As veterinarians continue to pursue challenging employment beyond the traditional boundaries, diplomates interact more frequently with other health professionals. Specialty board certification, across all health professions, is regarded as a major accomplishment and a sign of excellence.
- Promotion—Similar to the benefits of employment, specialty board certification can be the deciding factor of upward mobility. Although promotion currently applies primarily to military and Commissioned Corps Diplomates, the trend is increasing for those in academia, industry, and various government agencies
If you have additional questions about the benefits of membership or the role of ACVPM in veterinary preventive medicine, please contact us.