What is a Board Certified Surgeon?
Sep 30, 2013
DID YOU KNOW that Dr. Ryan Rothenbuhler of Conley and Koontz Equine Hospital is the only board certified veterinary surgeon practicing in Northern Indiana? He is an ACVS Diplomate.
The title "ACVS Diplomate" refers to a veterinarian who is board certified in veterinary surgery. Board certified surgeons commonly have 4 - 8 years of additional training after veterinary school including a 3 year surgery residence. Residencies provide specific specialized surgery training not available as part of a typical veterinary education. This process is strictly supervised by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the program has been completed, the resident must pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of ACVS Diplomate and can be considered a specialist in veterinary surgery. Diplomates like Dr. Ryan Rothenbuhler have advanced surgical expertise founded on a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology, patholoty and clinical medicine.
If your veterinarian does not have the designation "ACVS" after their name, they are NOT a board certified surgeon. While they may practice surgery, they have not proven themselves to the standards of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.