A veterinary surgeon undergoes additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). The residency includes specific training and caseload requirements, and applicants must also perform research, publish it in a scientific journal, and pass a rigorous examination. These specialists are called “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or “board-certified surgeons.”
Besides providing the very best in surgical care, veterinary surgeons also act as resources for veterinarians by providing consultations on difficult or unusual cases. With their advanced training, they offer expertise that ensures the best possible outcome for the animal and animal's owner.