The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ABVO) is committed to the concept that Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) engage in continuous learning and professional development, in order to remain current with the evolution of clinical practice. The ABVO Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program provides a mechanism whereby Diplomates of the ACVO may document MOC-qualifying education credits. Accrual of adequate qualifying credits is confirmed by certification at 5-year intervals. Adherence to the MOC program is required of all Diplomates of the ACVO who achieved board certification in 2015 or later in order to retain board-certified status. Diplomates who achieved board-certification prior to 2015 are not required to submit to the ABVO MOC process, although they are encouraged to voluntarily do so.

Diplomates who are current with MOC will be denoted with an asterisk (*) on the ACVO and ABVO websites.

Definitions pertaining to Certification Status:

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists: A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist.
  • MOC: Maintenance of Certification. MOC ensures that Diplomates engage in life-long learning and continuous practice improvement, thereby providing the public with a credible indicator with which to evaluate commitment to this standard. The ABVO encourages all Diplomates to participate in MOC; however, this program is only required for Diplomates certified in 2015 or thereafter.
  • Board Certified (Non Time-Limited): Non Time-limited certificates awarded prior to 2015 do not require re-certification. However, the ABVO encourages all diplomates to voluntarily renew their certificates and participate in MOC.
  • Board Certified (Time-Limited): Diplomates certified by the ABVO in 2015 or later are certified for a period of 5 years, thereafter requiring certificate renewal via the MOC process.

Persons with questions about the ABVO MOC program are encouraged to contact the ABVO office.