AMERICAN BOARD OF VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGY
Professional Definitions


Diplomate of the ACVO or DACVO - A person who has completed all of the requirements of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology and recognized as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®. This individual may use the certification "DACVO" or "Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists". Only board-certified persons may call themselves a "veterinary specialist", a "specialist in veterinary ophthalmology" or a “veterinary ophthalmologist". Only Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists may conduct OFA, CERF or EERF exams. Additional requirements to be a member in good standing of the ACVO include payment of dues and adherence to the ACVO Code of Ethics.


Resident in Veterinary Ophthalmology – An ABVO-approved veterinarian serving in an ABVO-approved residency training program in veterinary ophthalmology under the supervision of one or more Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO). A veterinarian who has "completed a residency in veterinary ophthalmology" is not a board-certified specialist until they complete all other requirements.


Board-Eligible or Board-Qualified
– These designations are not recognized by the ACVO, the ABVO, or American Board of Veterinary Specialists (a committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association), and should not be used by veterinary professionals. If someone is seen using this terminology it is being incorrectly used, against procedure, typically to represent a person who has completed their residency training program but has not yet successfully completed the subsequent credentialing and examination requirements necessary to become board-certified. Such veterinarians may not call themselves or imply that they are "veterinary ophthalmologists", "specialists" or use the terms "board-eligible or board-qualified". These individuals may only use the following terminology to describe their credentials, "practice limited to diseases of the eye" or "practice limited to diseases of the animal eye".


Practice limited to diseases of the (animal) eye
– A person who has successfully completed their residency training program but has not yet successfully completed the subsequent credentialing and examination requirements necessary to become board-certified may state that their practice is limited to diseases of the (animal) eye. These individuals may not call themselves or imply that they are "veterinary ophthalmologists", "specialists" or use the terminology "board-eligible or board-qualified". All of these phrases are considered confusing and not allowed by the American Board of Veterinary Specialists, the ABVO, or the ACVO.