The mission of the College is to foster excellence in veterinary pathology to protect and improve animal, human, and environmental health to benefit society. The College promotes the advancement and sharing of knowledge, life-long learning and professional competency through its certifying examinations, educational programs, and journal. Integrity and respect for diversity are core values of the College. The College's vision is to be an innovative and integral contributor to global health solutions by understanding disease.
ACVP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an eight-member elected Council. Incorporated in 1949, ACVP is the oldest veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. 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.
ACVP's 1,676 members, or diplomates, reside in 17 countries. All ACVP members 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.
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