"The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists believes it is in the best interest of veterinary patients and their owners that any ocular surgery necessitating microsurgical techniques on animals be performed by, or under the supervision of, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist."


The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an organization, not an actual physical location, that (through the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology® or ABVO®) has established certifying criteria for Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO®) and residents in training to become Diplomates. To become a DACVO, a veterinarian must complete a minimum of 12 months full-time clinical practice,  and satisfactorily complete a 3-year residency training program in veterinary ophthalmology under the supervision of at least one boarded Diplomate.  The successful applicant then is permitted to take the ABVO certifying examination. The exam is a multi-day process consisting of multiple written and practical components, all of which must be passed. After achieving all of these criteria, a veterinarian is then recognized as a Diplomate of the College and becomes a board-certified specialist in veterinary ophthalmology. Only veterinarians who have passed all of these components may use these titles. Diplomates of the College are the only individuals who may become Members of the ACVO.



The purpose of the ACVO is to advance ophthalmology in all phases of veterinary medicine.


  • provide an organizational structure to facilitate efficient exchange of ideas of interest to specialists in veterinary and comparative ophthalmology,

  • encourage education, training, and research in veterinary ophthalmology,

  • establish standards of training and experience in this field and to recognize individuals who have fulfilled such standards.

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