MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC)
(page last updated 11.22.19)

MOC Application for the years 2015 to 2019 will be due by Friday January 31, 2020. 

WHY
In 2016, the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) mandated MOC to the veterinary specialty colleges.  MOC is performed by physicians, dentists, physical therapists, etc. and demonstrates our ongoing effort to stay current within the field of veterinary ophthalmology.   Our first ABVO MOC application cycle occurred in 2018.

WHO
DACVO who were boarded before 2015 are grand fathered out of the MOC process and can elect whether or not to participate in MOC.  These Diplomates can also start or stop participating in MOC at any time without any consequences.

DACVO who were boarded in 2015 or later are mandated to participate in MOC.  An MOC application must be submitted at least every 5 years. 

For example - If you were boarded in 2015, your first MOC application must be submitted by January 31, 2021 to cover MOC credits earned in 2015/16, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

WHAT
Every 5 years, each DACVO boarded in 2015 or later, needs to earn at least 300 MOC credits by attending veterinary ophthalmology conferences, presenting veterinary ophthalmology material, and/or publishing journal articles or book chapters on veterinary ophthalmology.  Serving on the ACVO Exam Committee, Veterinary Ophthalmology journal editorial board, and/or reviewing journal articles for Veterinary Ophthalmology will also earn MOC credits.

The MOC credits are documented per calendar year.  The few months after achieving diplomate status will be rolled into MOC credits for the following year.  For example, if you were boarded in 2015, you will count 2015 and 2016 in your 2016 MOC data on your MOC application.

RECOGNITION OF MOC
Once your MOC has been certified through the MOC application process every 5 years, you will receive a letter and a dated MOC digital seal from the ABVO stating that you have earned MOC for the subsequent 5.5 years.  Your MOC status remains in place an extra half year to cover the next application processing time.  Diplomates who participate in MOC either by mandate or voluntarily, will be designated as such to the public on the ACVO and ABVO websites.

IF MOC IS NOT ACHIEVED EVERY 5 YEARS
If you are boarded after 2015 and fail to comply with MOC requirements, you will lose your DACVO board certification status and all attendant rights and privileges including:

  • Loss of specialty status and increased liability in the practice of veterinary ophthalmology
  • Loss of voting rights within the ACVO and within the ABVO
  • Cannot renew ACVO membership
    • Cannot contribute through committees
  • May not be allowed to perform CAER exams by the OFA
  • Cannot be a DACVO or called a veterinary ophthalmologist
    • Will become “practice limited to diseases of the (animal) eye”
  • Cannot be a mentor for resident training
  • Will not be listed on ACVO or ABVO websites
  • Cannot utilize ACVO or ABVO’s trademarks including, DACVO, logos, etc.

REMEDIATION for MOC
If you were boarded after 2015, failed the MOC process or did not apply for MOC within the required timeline, and lost Diplomate status, you will be given 2 additional years to meet a greater expectation of 450 points in a 7-year extended cycle.  The applicant will need to reapply for MOC including repaying the application fee.  Once the applicant passes MOC by accumulating 450 MOC credits over 7 years, Diplomate status and all attendant rights and privileges will be re-instated. 

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES
If you wish to take a sabbatical from veterinary ophthalmology for mission or service work, then you should apply IN ADVANCE to the MOC committee for a sabbatical from the MOC time clock for MOC.

RETIREMENT
If you were boarded after 2015 and you decide to permanently retire from veterinary ophthalmology then please apply for Retired Member or Emeritus Member status through the ACVO status so you will no longer be mandated to participate in MOC.

2020 MOC APPLICATION for credits earned in 2015-2019

Review the 'Steps for Application & Submission'


The MOC application spreadsheet is updated each year by the MOC committee so use this Excel spreadsheet to enter your data for the 2020 application cycle:

Open and download the current ABVO MOC Excel application spreadsheet for MOC applications due January 31, 2020 (updated Fall 2019)

MOC application and payment form (updated 11.22.19)

If you are using an older spreadsheet to track your data, please copy and paste your information into the most recent spreadsheet.

Do not hesitate to email the chairs of MOC committee if you have any questions at ABVOMOC@gmail.com.