Sponsor: All applications require a sponsor. The sponsor who endorses the application must be the person most responsible for the candidate's training in veterinary pathology. Occasionally, circumstances dictate that a sponsor is not the principal mentor, in which case the ACVP Council requires an explanation/justification.
Phase I Examination sponsors: Phase I sponsors do not need to be ACVP or ECVP Diplomates if the candidate is training via the Alternate Route for the Phase II examination. However, for the 12 months of Phase I training to be applied to the 36 months of Standard Route Phase II Training, the sponsor must be an ACVP Diplomate (or ECVP Diplomate as noted below for Phase II sponsors).
Phase II Examination sponsors: The sponsor for the Phase II examination must be an ACVP Diplomate (or an ECVP Diplomate as noted below). The Diplomate must have membership in good standing with their college and have been a Diplomate for at least the period of claimed sponsorship (generally 3 years or more).
Anatomic pathology Diplomates of the ECVP, who were elected to the ECVP by examination, may act as sponsors for anatomic pathology candidates. Only ACVP clinical pathology Diplomates may act as sponsors for clinical pathology candidates for the Phase II examination.
For Alternate Route Training, in which the principal mentor is not a Diplomate, co-sponsorship by a Diplomate must be obtained, which signifies that the training has been reviewed for adequacy and is consistent with the requirements of the College.
Dual certification: Diplomates certified in either Veterinary Anatomic Pathology or in Veterinary Clinical Pathology may seek certification in the other discipline. These Diplomates are not required to repeat the Phase I examination. See the Exam/Eligibility pages of this website for detailed information on criteria to take the Phase II examination for Dual Certification.
Phase I Training: For Phase I examination eligibility, candidates must have 12 months of training in veterinary pathology under the direction of a sponsor as above (Phase I Examination Sponsor). At the time of applying for the Phase I examination, the candidate must declare whether they are training under the Standard Route or Alternate Route of Training for Phase II.
Standard Route of Training for the Phase II Examination: Supervised training acceptable to ACVP Council is directed by a Diplomate and takes place in an institution that trains veterinary pathologists as one of its primary functions. The training should engage trainees in the broad spectrum of the practice of veterinary pathology. The candidate must complete a minimum of 36 months of such training subsequent to graduation from veterinary school and all 36 months should be in the field in which certification is sought (Veterinary Anatomic Pathology or Veterinary Clinical Pathology). If the 12 months of training in Phase I was under the supervision of a Diplomate, then these 12 months can be applied to the 36 month requirement. If the 12 months was not under a Diplomate, then the candidate will need 36 months training with a Diplomate or train under the Alternate Route of Training (see below).
Training conditions that do not satisfy both Standard Route criteria (directed by a Diplomate and a program that trains veterinary pathologists as one of its primary functions) constitute Alternate Route Training, which is subject to approval by the Credentialing Committee and ACVP Council.
Alternate Route of Training for the Phase II Examination: Training is considered an alternate route if any part of the training takes place under a sponsor who is not a Diplomate, or occurs at an institution that does not train veterinary pathologists as one of its primary functions. The Alternate Route requires a minimum of 48 months of training subsequent to graduation from veterinary school. Twelve of the 48 months must be spent in training under the supervision of a Diplomate, in the same institution, or in a program that trains veterinary pathologists as one of its primary functions. All 48 months must be in the field in which certification is sought (Veterinary Anatomic Pathology or Veterinary Clinical Pathology).