The ABVO is a Charter of the ACVO, charged with overseeing credentialing functions of the ACVO. It is an autonomous entity operating within the ACVO's bylaws and overseen by the AVMA's American Board of Veterinary Specialties.

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The Credentials Committee of the ABVO determines eligibility criteria for, and evaluates applications from, two groups of individuals: Provisional Residents applying for acceptance as an ABVO-approved Resident, and Examination Applicants applying to take the ABVO Certifying Examination. A Credentials Committee member serves at least a three year commitment, beginning at a fall Credentials training meeting, continuing through three applications cycles, completing the term following the final application cycle.

The ABVO exam is constructed, validated, assembled and administered by the Examination Committee. The committee consists of Diplomates recommended by the Examination Committee chairperson and approved by the ABVO. Membership of the Committee is designed to reflect the general Diplomate population with regards gender, number of years as a Diplomate and professional activity (academic vs. practice career). Three-year appointments are given to committee members. It is the Examination Committee's responsibility to assure the examination questions reflect professional activities expected of Diplomates.

The Residency Committee is responsible for developing the standards for residency training program accreditation approval, providing directions to residency training programs seeking accreditation, and granting accreditation to residency training programs that satisfy the Residency Committee/ABVO's requirements. The Residency Committee is responsible for certifying that a resident has successfully completed an approved residency training program prior to being allowed to sit the ABVO certification examination.


The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee is responsible for regulating the process of re-certification of Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. This body collects and reviews applications for re-certification for every candidate granted Diplomate status in 2016 or later and for those Diplomates certified prior to 2016 who voluntarily choose to become re-certified. In addition, the MOC will receive and review applications for additional sources of continuing education, including meetings, continuing education courses and other forms of training as requested. MOC committee members serve 3-year terms beginning following the fall ABVO meeting.