What is Board Certification?

South Coast Veterinary Hospital - Laguna Niguel

30001 Town Center Dr. Suite 5
Laguan Niguel, CA 92677




What is Certification?


The ABVP is an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization (RVSO). ABVP currently offers certification in ten recognized veterinary specialties.

  • Avian Practice
  • Beef Cattle Practice
  • Canine and Feline Practice
  • Dairy Practice
  • Equine Practice
  • Exotic Companion Mammal Practice
  • Feline Practice
  • Food Animal Practice
  • Reptile and Amphibian Practice
  • Swine Health Management

ABVP certifies veterinary practitioners with exceptional knowledge, skill, and competency in the care of the total patient. ABVP Diplomates are certified in clinical practice for the species in which certification is granted. Clinical practice, as it pertains to veterinarians, is the art and science of applying medical knowledge to animals for their care and the alleviation and prevention of their diseases.


Most veterinarians performing broad-based clinical practice are not board certified. The ABVP board certified veterinarian has demonstrated they are capable of providing a level of clinical practice that is clearly superior to the norm of the profession.

All veterinarians interested in attaining Diplomate status with the ABVP are encouraged to first download and read the Applicant Handbook. TheApplicant Handbook provides answers to all commonly asked questions and systematically guides you through the application and credentials process.

Once you are ready to apply, you will need to create an online account. All applications, fees, and credentials are submitted via your account. To create an account, please go to the Member Log-In page and follow the prompts.