Small Animal Diploma
Residency Training Program Information
Thank you for your interest in furthering your training through the AVDC. If you are interested in becoming an AVDC veterinary dentist and have not identified an AVDC Diplomate who is willing to be your Residency Supervisor, check the list of AVDC-approved Residency Programs.
Important for Small Animal Applicants and Residents
- Training Program Requirements
- Residency Registration Application
- Guidelines for Small Animal Case Logs
- Small Animal Cadaver Form
- Examples of Case Logs
- Radiograph Submission Guidelines
- Curriculum Vitae in AVDC format
- Specialty Training Requirements
(anesthesia, radiology and surgery)
- Small Animal Specialty forms
Dates and Deadlines for Residents & Candidates
Residency application and registration start date:
No set annual deadline.The minimum duration of a full-time residency program is 30 months. The maximum duration of a part-time residency program is six years.
Annual Report Submission deadline: Jan 31st-Oct 1st
(for residents planning to credential that year) , depending on the registration date of your residency program.
End of first residency year:
Submission of Radiograph Set(s)
End of second residency year:
The required radiograph set(s) must be approved by the end of the second year.
Pre-Approval Submissions: Sept. 15th – May 1st
Submission of items for Credentials Committee Pre-Approval: Equipment list, Dental Charts, Specialty Training Hours, Radiograph Sets, Publications can be submitted from September 15th to May 1st.
Pre-approval remains open to all from May 1st through September 15th, but residents will experience a delayed response in review time during this period due to credential package reviews. During this time, review priority will be given to residents submitting a credentials package by July 15th of that year.
Please note that pre-approval notifications are NOT ensured for July 15th credential packages if the resident submits later than May 1st of that year.
Credentials Applications Deadline: July 15th
July 15th each year for full- or part-time residents. Applicants whose applications are approved by the Board are then Candidates, eligible to take the examination the next time it is given.
Full-time residents who have completed all residency program requirements except the full 30 month program duration requirement can submit a credentials application by July 15th; if the application is approved as complete except for the 30 month requirement, Provisional Approval will be granted, with the stipulation that the Residency Program Director must confirm that the applicant has met the full 30 month residency requirement before full Approval is granted. Upon Provisional Approval being granted, the applicant becomes eligible as a candidate to take the Phase I examination at the next opportunity.
Examination Security Form and Fee – Phase 1: Oct. 31st
The signed form and examination fee are to be submitted to the Executive Secretary by October 31st for the Phase 1 Examination
Phase 1 Examination: January
Multiple choice questions written examination, given online at regional examination centers.
Examination Security Form and Fee – Phase 2: March 1st
The signed form and examination fee are to be submitted to the Executive Secretary by March 1 st for the Phase 2 (practical examination). Candidates are eligible for entry to the Phase 2 examination only after passing the Phase 1 examination.
Phase 2 Examination: June
Given at the Oquendo Education Center, Las Vegas.
June 4-6, 2019
June 16-18, 2020
June 15-17, 2021
June 14-16, 2022
Credentials Application decisions:
Credentials application decisions are made by the Board based on recommendations from the Credentials Committee. This typically occurs in late August/early September. Applicants whose applications are approved by the Board are then Candidates, eligible to take the examination the next time it is given.
Examination Results and Recognition as a New Diplomate
Examination results are usually distributed to candidates 3-5 weeks following the examination.
Formal commencement of Diplomate status:
Candidates who have passed both parts of the examination become diplomates on the date on which the examination decision letter is distributed. They are listed in the AVDC Diplomate online Directory at that time.
Presentation of diplomas to new diplomates:
This occurs during a public session at the start of the Annual Meeting of the College, which is usually held on the Thursday afternoon of the Veterinary Forum weekend.
VDC documents available on this web-site are revised to be in concordance with the most recent Changes document released in December or January of each year – date-sensitive documents such as Application Forms will include a “Released: DATE” or similar notation at the bottom of the document. If in doubt about current AVDC policy or documents, send an email note to ExecSec@AVDC.org.
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.
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.