Eligibility

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Credentialing Requirements for All Examinations

 For all examinations, candidates must provide one of the following documents as part of the application:

  • A photocopy of a diploma from an AVMA-accredited school or college of veterinary medicine 
  • A photocopy of an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certificate 
  • A photocopy of a state, provincial or territory license to practice veterinary medicine (United States, Canada or other country)
  • A photocopy of a faculty license or other umbrella license from your institution
  • A document stating that a license to practice is not required in your position at your institution *Update: This option has been since clarified to be an option for candidates who do not have a diploma from an AVMA-accredited institution, ECFVG certification, or a license to practice veterinary medicine. For the 2017 examination, we will accept all forms of documentation for this option. However, for the 2018 examination application, this option will require a copy of the candidate's diploma from any veterinary school or college in addition to documentation that a license is not required for the candidate's job, state, province or country. 

Documentation must be in English or include an English translation  by an independent translation service that is notarized.

Criteria to Take Phase I Examination

  • A candidate must have completed 12 months of veterinary pathology training prior to the Phase I examination date and must have approval from a Sponsor.
  • A candidate must complete the on-line application and pay the Phase I examination fee by the application date.  The fee for all candidates is 0.  
  • A candidate must declare, at the time of application for the Phase I examination, if they will be training under the Standard or Alternate Route for the Phase II examination.

 Criteria to Take Phase II Examination

  • All candidates are required to pass the Phase I examination prior to taking the Phase II examination.  A candidate may elect to take the Phase I and Phase II examinations in the same year if they meet the eligibility requirements for both examinations, and pass the Phase I examination prior to taking Phase II. 
  • Candidates intending to take both the Phase I and Phase II exams in the same year must register for each exam by the respective deadlines. Candidates who do not pass the Phase I exam will have their registration fee for the Phase II exam refunded within 30 days of receiving their Phase I exam results. 
  • A candidate must have completed 36 months (Standard Route) or 48 months (Alternate Route) of veterinary pathology training prior to the Phase II examination date and must have approval from a Sponsor.
  • A candidate must complete the on-line application and pay the Phase II examination fee by the application date.  The fee for all candidates is 0.

Criteria to Repeat Failed Examinations

  • If a candidate fails the Phase I examination, they are eligible to repeat the examination the following year.  There is no limit on the number of attempts or years a candidate may repeat the Phase I examination.
  • After passing the Phase I examination, candidates will have 4 attempts over the next 9 years to pass the Phase II examination.  If a candidate has not passed the Phase II examination after 4 attempts, or has exceeded their 9 year limit, they must reapply as a new candidate and will be required to retake and pass the Phase I examination prior to retaking the Phase II examination.
    • The 4 attempts that a candidate has to pass the Phase II examination will be calculated as the sum of attempts that occur in Ames (traditional examination) and Tampa (new examination).

Criteria to Repeat the Traditional Phase II Examination in Ames, 2017

  • 2017 is the final year the traditional Phase II examination is being offered in Ames, IA.
  • Only repeat candidates who have previously passed, and still retain credit for, at least one section of the traditional Phase II examination in Ames are eligible to repeat the traditional examination in Ames in 2017.
  • Candidates who have previously passed at least one section of the traditional Phase II examination in Ames, but have not passed all sections within three attempts, no longer retain credit for those sections and must take the new Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.
  • All new candidates must take the new Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.
  • Candidates who have attempted the traditional Phase II examination in Ames, but have not passed any sections, must take the new Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.
  • Any candidate who is eligible for the traditional Ames examination in 2017 may opt to take the new Tampa examination instead.
  • As of 2018, all candidates must take the Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.

 

 

 

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