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Becoming an ACT Diplomate

Our reproductive specialists undergo considerable post-graduate training beyond the six to eight years of college education normally required to earn a veterinary degree. This post-graduate training lays the groundwork for a candidate to take a certification examination leading to Diplomate status.

ACT Diplomates must fulfill the following general requirements:

1. Be a graduate of a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA, or possess a certificate issued by either the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Educational Equivalence (PAVE) OR be legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States, Canada or another country.

2. Demonstrate unquestionable moral character and impeccable professional behavior.

3. Complete the education, training and experience requirements of one of the following training routes after graduating from a college or school of veterinary medicine:

Residency ("Standard" or "Traditional") Training Route ​​

 – minimum of one (1) year of clinical practice followed by a minimum of two (2) additional years training in an ACT-approved residency program.

Mentorship/Alternate Route  

– candidates must have a minimum of six (6) years post-graduate (DVM or equivalent) experience with a major emphasis in Theriogenology including completion of a minimum of 104 weeks in an ACT-approved, mentored training program.

4. Register as a Candidate of ACT within 90 days of starting an Residency or Mentorship Program

5. Submit acceptable credentials to the College.

6. Complete all requirements.

7. Pass the Certifying Examination of the College.

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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American College of Theriogenologists
P.O. Box 168
Mathews, AL 36052
P: 334-395-4666
F: 334-270-3399

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