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Resident Services

Welcome to the AVDC Resident’s Resource Page

Veterinarians that desire to complete a residency program in veterinary dentistry to become a board certified veterinary dentist must complete a three to five year program.

The steps to board certification include completing the following:

1

Find a Residency

Acceptance into an AVDC registered residency training program.

This first step involves finding a compatible match with a training program and residency supervisor. AVDC has created a manual to help with the process.

All applicants for registration as a Small Animal AVDC Resident must have a Residency Supervisor who is a Small Animal OR NSS Diplomate of AVDC. The Residency Supervisor must be the Residency Program Director at or on staff at an AVDC-approved Residency Site or Shared Residency Program site.

All applicants for registration as an Equine AVDC Resident must have a Residency Supervisor who is an Equine Diplomate of AVDC. The Residency Supervisor must be the Residency Program Director at or on staff at an AVDC-approved Residency Site or Shared Residency Program site.

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2

Apply to the AVDC

Email the Executive Director of the AVDC at execsec@avdc.org the completed Residency Training program application, Applicant’s curriculum vitae in AVDC format.

You may either mail your registration fee to the address below or you may pay online.

AVDC Executive Director
103 E Calderwood Drive, Suite 110
Meridian, Idaho 83642, USA

The Executive Director will email a confirmation of receipt and provide you with your official start date. This start date is used by the Credentials Committee to verify that 30 months of training are completed.

3

Login to the Document
Management System

Following receipt of your confirmation e­mail, you will be prompted to log into the AVDC Document Management System (DMS) using your assigned user name and temporary password.

You can find how to use the AVDC Document Management System by reading the Getting Started document.

I am interested in the following Veterinary Dental Residency:

Small Animal

Equine

Dual Track Equine and Small Animal

Registration by AVDC is, of itself, not an assurance of the quality of training, or that the applicant will successfully complete the AVDC credentialing and examination requirements.

Resident Resources

The primary objectives of AVDC are to determine the standards required for recognition of board­ certified veterinary dental specialists and to conduct the credentials review and examination procedures necessary to identify veterinarians who have reached the specialist veterinary dentist standard.

General Resident Training Requirements

Previous Changes Documents

Major changes in AVDC training program requirements are not applied retroactively. For information on previous training program requirements click the links below:

Changes for 2019 Changes for 2012
Changes for 2018 Changes for 2011
Changes for 2017 Changes for 2010
Changes for 2016 Changes for 2009
Changes for 2015 Changes for 2008
Changes for 2014 Changes for 2007
Changes for 2013 Changes for 2002
Part Time Residency Program

A. The signed Residency Registration Application Form (co-signed by the Diplomate Supervisor) and fee. If this item was mailed to the Executive Seceretary, the Executive Director will scan and upload it to the DMS document. 

B. Applicant’s curriculum vitae in AVDC format

C. Proposed arrangements for meeting the anesthesia, radiology and surgery Specialty Training requirements. 

D. A list of the equipment and supplies available to you at you practice, indicating that you are equipped to commence the planned training program when you are working in your own practice environment. See AVDC Initial Equipment List.

E. A list of relevant Books and Journals available to you at your practice.

Pre 2014 alternate pathway residents documents

Visition Form

Registration by AVDC is, of itself, not an assurance of the quality of training, or that the applicant will successfully complete the AVDC credentialing and examination requirements.

Opportunities at the Veterinary Dental Forum

Review and Assessment Exam

Each year a Review & Assessment Exam is offered for people in veterinary dental training programs to help in their studies. This is practice for taking the examination for the American Veterinary Dental College. Visit Registration Page

When the registration opens the Review and Assessment Exam will be listed alongside the available wet­labs and hands on learning labs.

veterinarydentalforum.org

English is the official language of AVDC. All documents, forms and examinations provided by AVDC are written in English, and all materials submitted by applicants and residents are to be written in English.

Use of Specialty Titles: The AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics state: It is unethical for veterinarians to identify themselves as or in any way imply that they are members of an AVMA recognized specialty organization until such time as such certification has been awarded. AVDC has adopted the Guidelines for Use of Specialty Titles, prepared by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

By signing the AVDC Training Program Registration form, an individual submitting an application for registration of a training program acknowledges that s/he may not use the terms ‘board eligible’, ‘board qualified’, ‘veterinary dental specialist’ or ‘veterinary dentist’, and may not make or imply any connection with AVDC until such time as the individual passes the AVDC examination and is awarded the AVDC Diploma.

The registration of an AVDC training program of an individual who is not in compliance with the policy stated above may be terminated by AVDC, in which case the individual will not be permitted to complete the AVDC credentials and/or the examination procedures, and, when appropriate, the circumstances may be reported by AVDC to the individual’s State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.