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American College of Veterinary Dermatology


Address: ACVD Executive Secretary c/o Alexis Borich 11835 Forest Knolls Ct Nevada City California USA 95959

Country: USA

Region: The Americas

Status: Affiliate

Tier: Tier 3

President: Dr. Rosanna Marsella


Rep: Dr. Sheila Torres


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The objectives of the ACVD are to advance veterinary dermatology and increase the competency of those who practice dermatology by establishing guidelines for post-doctoral education and experience prerequisite to certification, examine and certify veterinarians as specialists in veterinary dermatology to serve the public, and encourage research and other contributions to knowledge, and promoting communications and dissemination of this knowledge.


The American College of Veterinary Dermatology certifies veterinarians who have specialized training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with hereditary, inflammatory or neoplastic disorders of the skin, hair, ears, claws and mucous membranes. A veterinary dermatologist has substantial training and experience in the diagnosis and management of allergic skin diseases.
In 1974 the Dermatology Specialty Group was granted permission under the umbrella of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to certify successful candidates who satisfactorily completed both the qualifying examination of the ACVIM and the certifying examination in dermatology. Thirteen Charter Diplomates were selected. In 1981, there was consensus that the organization had reached sufficient maturity to warrant a separate, free-standing College. ACVIM-Dermatology received approval to become the free-standing ACVD.
In the ensuing 3 decades, the ACVD has grown from 35 Diplomates to 291 Diplomates. Of these current Diplomates, 208 are in specialty practice, 49 are in academia, 11 are in industry and 23 are retired or not currently practicing. None are currently employed in government. Diplomates are from many countries around the world and currently practice in 9 countries.
The organizational structure is composed of an Executive Board, 8 standing committees, and multiple ad-hoc committees and task forces. Currently, the ACVD has 15 approved residency training programs and 15 alternate pathway training programs with a total of 43 dermatology residents in training.

Annual Report (PDF)