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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

ELIGIBILITY FOR ACVCP DIPLOMATE CERTIFYING EXAMINATIONS


The purpose of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP) credentials review process is to determine a candidate's successful completion of the requirements to take either phase of the Diplomate Certifying Examination. The Credentials Committee will use the criteria described on this website for approving a candidate's registration for Phase I or credentials review application for Phase II.

Approval to take either phase of the Diplomate Certifying Examination is granted for a period of 5 years beginning with the first year the candidate is eligible for the examination. If the candidate is approved in December 2013 for example, eligibility is granted for the exam offered in each summer in the years 2014 - 2019. Candidate must pass both phases of the Diplomate Certifying Examination within 5 years after the application to take Phase I is approved. Failure to meet this time limit will require submission of a new application for registration and credentialing and reexamination.

Depending on the nature of the training program, eligible candidates may take both Phase I and Phase II of the Diplomate Certifying Examination in the same year or separately. A candidate must pass Phase I before being permitted to take Phase II.

DIPLOMATE CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION


The Diplomate Certifying Examination for the ACVCP consists of two parts, Phase I and Phase II.

The Phase I Examination is a multiple choice examination designed to evaluate the candidate's knowledge of general pharmacology. "Registration" is completion and request for review of the candidate's application to take the Phase I exam. Please note: A separate request must be made if the candidate wishes to take the exam during any given year. (Examination link above)

The Phase II Examination is a written examination designed to evaluate both the breadth and depth of the candidate's knowledge and skills as a veterinary clinical pharmacologist. "Credentials" is completion and request for review of the candidates application to take the Phase II exam. Plesae note: A separate request must be made if the candidate wishes to take the exam during any given year. (Examination link above)

REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION PREREQUISITES


As a general prerequisite for the certifying process, all candidates must be legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in a state, province, territory or possession of the US, Canada or other country.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is understood that the candidate who completes and submits a registration or an application agrees that prior to or subsequent to the examination, the Board of the ACVCP may investigate the candidate's standing as a veterinarian, including the candidate's reputation for complying with the standards of ethics of the profession.

Enrollment in an APPROVED ACVCP training program is required to register for eligibility to take Phase I and successful completion of an approved training program is required to apply for eligibility to take Phase II. See "Training" section on this website for further information on approved ACVCP Training programs.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to become familiar with the information contained in the different sections of this website, to complete the required on-line forms and to provide the appropriate fees and additional documents to the Secretary-Treasurer of the ACVCP within the timelines indicated.