The ACVD is the official specialty organisation accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1982 and charged with maintenance of high standards of postgraduate training in veterinary dermatology.
The primary objectives of the ACVD are to advance veterinary dermatology and increase the competency of those who practice in this field by establishing guidelines for post-doctoral education and experience prerequisite to certification in the specialty of veterinary dermatology; examining and certifying veterinarians as specialists in veterinary dermatology and by encouraging research and other contributions to knowledge relating to pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and control of diseases affecting the skin of all animals, and promoting communication and dissemination of this knowledge.
The ACVD is empowered to examine qualified candidates and confer Diplomate (board certification) status in veterinary dermatology. Board certification requires completion of an approved residency training program, an original research project, publication in a scientific journal, and successful completion of the certification examination.
The ACVD co-sponsors the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum, an annual scientific program, as well as the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, an international meeting held every 4 years.
For more information contact the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.