The American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) mandates that all recognized veterinary specialty organizations implement Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs for specialists certified during and after the year 2016. The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) elected to begin its MOC program in 2015. Veterinarians certified as ACVO Diplomates after 2014 must document evidence of continued education and enhancement of professional competence to remain an ACVO Diplomate.  ACVO Diplomates certified prior to 2015 are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the MOC program. The purpose of the program is to protect pets and the pet-owning public by ensuring that veterinarians certified as specialists by the ABVO retain career-long professional competence.  

A detailed description of the ABVO MOC procedures and requirements can be found in the ABVO Policies and Procedures.  To remain an ACVO Diplomate individuals are required to accrue 300 credits per five-year certification cycle for approved activities in the areas of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Veterinary Ophthalmology Scholarly Activities and/or Professional Service and Rounds Participation (Five-Year MOC Credit Requirements).  At the end of each five-year certification cycle Diplomates must submit application materials to the ABVO’s Maintenance of Certification Committee for review.  Applications are randomly audited to verify the authenticity of the claimed activities.  

Persons with questions about the ABVO MOC program are encouraged to contact the ABVO office.