About ACVP
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The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is an organization of board-certified scientists that has been setting the standard for veterinary pathology since 1949.



The mission of the College is to promote excellence in veterinary pathology through our members as they protect and improve animal, human and environmental health to benefit society.



ACVP’s vision is to propel veterinary pathology to the cutting edge of science and medicine for the advancement of animal and human health.


Core Values
  • A Community of Practice: The College dedicates itself to its members, and to engaging them as forward-thinking professional leaders who collaborate with and mentor each other, in order to strengthen and expand the competencies that define our profession.
  • Leading Edge: The College dedicates itself to excellence and the ongoing pursuit of knowledge through rigorous credentialing, standard setting for education and training, and supporting our members in modeling excellence, inspiring vision, attracting resources, and pushing innovation in their respective fields throughout their careers.
  • Continuous and Iterative Progress: The College dedicates itself to advancing the far-reaching practice of veterinary pathology and growing its recognition as an essential biomedical science by continuously integrating advances in technology into education, training, and standards of practice.
  • Diversity of Thought: The College dedicates itself to serving the range of professional needs among our members and our industry partners by incorporating different perspectives and points of view and by continuing to attract more diverse participation in our profession.
  • Integrity and Authenticity in Leadership: The College dedicates itself to leading its members, the field of veterinary pathology, and the biomedical science community in a way that is consistent with the College's stated mission, vision, and values, and with a commitment to honest and transparent communication.
Diversity Statement

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is committed to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion.  The College supports and values the varied backgrounds of all members, including (but not limited to) race; ethnicity; age; socio-economic and educational background; gender; gender identity and expression; sexual orientation; physical and mental abilities; parental, marital, or pregnancy status; military or veteran status; and religious beliefs.


 2018-2022 ACVP Strategic Plan



ACVP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an eight-member elected Board of Directors. Incorporated in 1949, ACVP is the oldest veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dedicated to furthering scientific knowledge, ACVP's activities include the peer-reviewed journal Veterinary Pathology and a renowned annual scientific meeting. Successful completion of ACVP's rigorous certifying examination ensures scientific prestige and strong employer demand. ACVP is working to ensure the future of veterinary pathology with veterinary student chapter support and scholarship programs. Both members and corporations support ACVP's activities with financial contributions.


American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS)

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization™ for certification of veterinary pathologists. ACVP undergoes a comprehensive evaluation by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS), a committee of the AVMA, every three years to ensure that we are maintaining the required standards for our certification process.



ACVP's more than 2,000 active Diplomate members, reside in 17 countries. All ACVP Diplomates have completed a degree in veterinary medicine, at least three years of post-veterinary school training, and have passed the certifying examination in veterinary anatomic and/or clinical pathology. Many of them specialize further with doctorates in toxicology, molecular biology or other scientific fields. They have diverse roles in academia, diagnostic labs, industry or state or federal government agencies.


For more information, please contact the Executive Office at info@acvp.org.


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