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FAQs

Q: How can I locate a veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation specialist for my dog or horse?
A: You can use our Find a Diplomate page to locate a Diplomate near you, and to contact them directly to schedule a consultation.

Q: Is this College open to anyone other than veterinarians?
A: Because this is a veterinary specialty college, only veterinarians may apply for residencies and to sit for the board certification examination.

Q: Can veterinary technicians become involved with the College?
A: We hope to offer educational opportunities for veterinary technicians in the future.

Q: Can veterinarians from outside the U.S. apply for residencies and the examination?
A: Yes, the College accepts qualified applicants from around the world. Click here to learn how to become board certified.

Q: I believe that I have the credentials necessary to submit for consideration for taking the board-certification examination without pursuing additional training. Before I apply, can you tell me if my credentials are sufficient?
A: Please refer to the How to Become Board Certified page to review the list of criteria used by the Credentials Committee when evaluating applications. Qualified applicants will meet at least the majority of these criteria.

Q: I noticed in the criteria for the Initial Applicant Path for board certification that being the primary author on at least two peer-reviewed, hypothesis-driven publications would earn 50 points of the possible 230 points available. If I am primary author on one publication, do I get any points for that? Are the available points in any section "all or nothing," or could I earn some points for having met some of the criteria? For example, could I earn 25 points for one publication instead of 50 points for two publications?
A: The points system for assessing credentials for Initial Applicants is written as a "minimal requirements" system, so the applicant must be able to document credentials that meet or exceed those written for each of the seven categories. Partial credit is not available within this system. The Initial Applicant path to board certification is available until 2016 if you can meet the required points before the credentials deadline of October 1, 2015. For more details about the Initial Applicant path, please refer to the How to Become Board Certified page.

Q: I have been working in a sports medicine and rehabilitation practice for over 5 years, and I do some lecturing. Can I qualify to sit the examination?
A: Please refer to the How to Become Board Certified page to review the list of criteria used by the Credentials Committee when evaluating applications. If you do not fulfill at least the majority of these criteria, the Practice Experience Training Program is more likely the appropriate path for you to pursue.

Q: Where can I apply for a residency?
A: There are limited residencies available today, with more coming on line in the near future. Current residencies can be found here.

To find a list of available Diplomates, please go to our Find a Diplomate page.

 

 

 

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