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Mentorship/Alternate Route

(Application deadline is June 1 or December 1)

The Mentorship Program is designed to assist veterinary practitioners seeking Diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists. These individuals have not completed a formal residency or graduate-training program and so have not had the benefit of a structured approach to a comprehensive review of the discipline of theriogenology. Individuals interested in qualifying as Diplomates through this route need to have a minimum of six years of practice experience with an emphasis in Theriogenology. The Mentorship Program provides a supervised course of structured study to these individuals. Each person seeking to become eligible to take the ACT Certifying Examination by the alternative route should have a single designated mentor of record who will be responsible for guiding him / her through the course of study. The role of the mentor will be to help the potential candidate define a proposed course of study to be conducted over the two-year period preceding the applicant taking the qualifying examination. The course of study must be pre-approved by the Executive Board of the ACT. Once the Board has approved the program, the mentor will direct the potential candidate toward information sources and materials to be studied. The mentor will monitor the progress of each individual under his / her supervision. The mentor will be available to answer questions and help the potential candidate assimilate the more difficult material. The mentor’s encouragement and practical experience will help keep the potential candidate motivated to achieve his / her goal. In addition, eight weeks of direct mentorship (working in person with a mentor) must be completed prior to taking the examination. The mentor can help guide the applicant in arranging appropriate, helpful training experiences. This is a demanding route to certification by the ACT, because interested individuals have additional responsibilities to their practices or industry. Mentors must meet with those under their supervision frequently to ensure that they are progressing in their outlined course of study. Finally, the mentor provides one of the written recommendations to the Executive Board for the potential candidate when he / she applies to take the Certifying Examination. In this final recommendation, the mentor evaluates the progress the individual has made in preparing for the Certifying Examination.

Requirements of the Mentorship Program for Alternate-Route Training

The following must be submitted by any individual wishing to qualify to apply for candidacy to sit the ACT certifying examination by the Alternative-Route.

1. A cover letter from the candidate

a. outlining his/her interest in becoming an ACT Diplomate and

b. the name and credentials of the proposed mentor

2. An up-to-date curriculum vita including his/her experience in clinical practice with the discipline of theriogenology

3. A letter from the proposed mentor confirming his/her willingness to serve in that capacity

4. Applicants will obtain a Letter of Reference from two (2) ACT Diplomates other than their Training Advisor.

5. A written description of the individuals proposed course of study, including the 8 weeks of direct mentorship, provided by the mentor. 

Mentorship application may be emailed to
Application deadline is June 1 or December 1

Mentorship application remittance form - $100

Alternate Route Trainees must register with the ACT office prior to beginning the 104-week mentored study program.

Application Fees Remittance Form (if not paying online) 

Mentorship Program Information

Mentorship Progress Report

Mission Statement

The mission of the ACT is to promote animal well-being, reproductive health, responsible breeding and genetic practices, and efficient management of breeding-age animals in agriculture, veterinary practice, zoos, preserves, and ecosystems. In particular, the ACT envisions development of focus areas in theriogenology to incorporate the following in theriogenology/reproductive medicine:

1. Population control for domestic and non-domestic animals including feral animals, free-ranging and captive wildlife.

2. Genomics in livestock and companion animal practice.

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