(Last updated January 15, 2018)

Announcements including deadline changes, recently approved residency programs, new diplomates, policy changes, updated documents and calls for board/committee nominations will be posted on this page of the site.

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January 15, 2018

ABVO Certifying Examination Application

The application documents are now closed for 2018 examination candidates. Forms were due by end of day, January 15th.

November 15 , 2017

ABVO Certifying Examination Application

The Certifying Examination Application is now open, follow the application instructions on this page.


October 6, 2017

ABVO Mentors/Chairs Meeting Agenda

Review the ABVO Mentor/Chair meeting agenda now.

September 8, 2017 (updated 10.5)

Residency Applications

The updated 2017 Residency Training Program Application form is now available. The application can be downloaded from the Residency Information page found here. Please complete the Word document and send it to the ABVO office (note change in submission address herein). Please direct any questions to (Form updated 10.5.17)

Changes were made to residency requirements, which resulted in the modification of this form in September 2017, read a message from the ABVO and Residency Committee which highlights these changes.


August 28th, 2017

2017 New Diplomates Announced

Dear Diplomates,

Please join us in congratulating your new colleagues who have passed all three sections of the board examinations. They are listed under the 'Ophthalmologists' tab of the website.


The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology
Drs. Ian Herring, Ellison Bentley, Michael Davidson, David Maggs, and Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member)

June 23rd, 2017

ABVO Board Nominations - Election Results

Dear Diplomates,

The results of the 2017 election for the ABVO Member at large are complete. A total of 214 Diplomates voted, with the results being neck and neck between all four candidates. Although it was such a close count, the top votes were for Dr. Ellison Bentley and Dr. Robert Munger. Please join the ABVO in thanking all candidates for their willingness to serve in this crucial role. We welcome back Dr. Bentley for her second term and Dr. Munger to the beginning of his first term as a member of the Board.


The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology
Drs. Ian Herring, Ellison Bentley, Michael Davidson, David Maggs, and Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member)


May 10th, 2017

Applications for Universities & Clinics

Pending residency program application changes, the ABVO residency committee is unable to accept residency program applications until Sept 1st, 2017. Please direct questions to the Residency Committee at:


May 1st, 2017

Dear ACVO Diplomates,

Nominations are sought for two positions on the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) that will become open upon the completion of Dr. Ellison Bentley’s and Dr. David Maggs’ terms in the fall of 2017. Continuing ABVO members (and their term completion dates) include, Dr. Ian Herring (Chair, 2018), Dr. Mike Davidson (2019) and Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member, 2019). ABVO Member terms are for three years, and persons may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Any ACVO Diplomate may nominate an ACVO Member to serve on the ABVO; members may also self-nominate. However, it is strongly recommended that ACVO Members seeking to become a member of the ABVO have served on at least one of the Credentials, Residency, Examination, or Maintenance of Certification Committees.

Although the term of office does not officially begin until immediately after the fall 2017 meeting, the individual elected is expected to attend the fall 2017 ABVO Meeting (held in conjunction with the ACVO annual conference) in a non-voting “apprentice” capacity.

If you are seeking to make a nomination of another ACVO Member please contact that individual first to be certain they are willing to serve. If they accept, forward the name(s) and acceptance to the ABVO office via email. Staff will reach out to the nominee to explain the obligation and/or to help answer any questions. At that time the below information will be requested.

Nominees are required to provide a photograph, concise (bullet-point) biography emphasizing their past ACVO/ABVO experience, and a brief statement (200 words or less) indicating their reasons for seeking to serve on the Board. Complete nominations must be received electronically by the ABVO/ACVO office no later than midnight (Mountain Time), May 31, 2017. The election will take place electronically during the month of June, 2017, and results will be posted on the ABVO web site by July 1, 2017.

The ABVO encourages all ACVO Members to take part in the election process. If you have questions about the nomination or election process you are encouraged to contact either the ABVO/ACVO office or any of the current ABVO Members.

The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr. Ian Herring (Chair), Dr. David Maggs, Dr. Ellison Bentley, Dr. Mike Davidson, Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member)

April 17th, 2017

Notice to all Diplomates - P&P Changes as of 4/2/2017

Dear Diplomates,

At the Spring meeting of the ABVO, a number of changes were made to the ABVO Policies and Procedures (P&P). The complete document is available for review on the ABVO web site. The following is a summary of the major changes made. There were also some grammatical and formatting changes.

1. The following definitions were added:
a. External Participant
b. Examination Candidate
c. Committee Chair

2. Rulings on submissions being assessed when a change in P&P occurs: “All applications/submissions to the ABVO and its Committees must comply with Policies and Procedures in place at the time of approval. Where Policies and Procedures change between submission and approval, re-submission will be required.”

3. Eligibility for and method of an ABVO board member: “An ABVO Board member may be removed by a majority vote of ABVO Board members or by a 2/3 majority vote of all ACVO Diplomates.” “Any ACVO Diplomate may serve on the ABVO Board; however ACVO Diplomates seeking ABVO Board Membership should have served on at least one of the ABVO standing committees.” “Any ACVO Diplomate may nominate themselves or any other ACVO Diplomate.”

4. Previous policy required appointment of an ad hoc appeals committee every time an appeal was considered. To streamline this and ensure rulings were uniform, a standing ABVO Appeals Committee was instituted and Policies and Procedures formulated. This committee is chaired by Dr. David Ramsey and has a Public Member.

5. Verbiage of the ABVO Residency Committee policies and procedures were aligned with that used in the Residency Training Program Application.

6. Two new policies regarding Application for Residency Training Programs (RTPs) were introduced:

a. “All forms and applications submitted to the Residency Committee must be in digital format and submitted via email to the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology Residency Committee Chairperson. Paper applications will not be accepted. The forms must be signed digitally. If the RTP application is incomplete, inaccurate, or deficient, the RTP application will be rejected and the Corresponding Supervising Diplomate will be notified of the deficiencies. A new application addressing the deficiencies must then be submitted to the Residency Committee Chair by the Corresponding Supervising Diplomate. Accurate and complete, RTP applications will be reviewed by the Residency Committee.”

b. “Complete RTP Applications from institutions that are currently training 1 or more residents should be submitted to the ACVO Office no less than 90 days prior to the requested starting date of the RTP. Applications from institutions that are not training a resident at the time of the application should be submitted to the ACVO Office no less than 120 days prior to the requested starting date of the RTP. No time accrued by a veterinarian and a Diplomate prior to a RTP being approved shall count toward completion of the RTP.”

7. The terms for ABVO Exam Committee members were changed.

The changes listed above are reflected in the currently posted ABVO Policies and Procedures document. In addition to these, the Board, in conjunction with the Examination Committee, arrived at the decision to terminate the Animal Exam portion of the ABVO practical examination, effective immediately. This decision was not made lightly and is due, in part, to concerns regarding the welfare of client-owned animals undergoing multiple examinations over a protracted period. This significant change is being made in association with some compensatory changes in residency training protocols to be advised shortly. The ABVO Policies and Procedures document will be updated in the near future to reflect these additional changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the ABVO members.

Ian Herring (Chair), Ellison Bentley, Mike Davidson, Douglas Jack (Public Member), David Maggs (past Chair)