What is an ACVECC Diplomate?
A specialist in emergency and critical care is called a “Diplomate” of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC). This is a specially trained veterinarian who is dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions, and traditionally works in an emergency room or intensive care unit (ICU). DACVECC specialists are different from a typical veterinarian, in that additional advanced training has been completed. After completing a regular veterinary degree, specialists complete further training through a residency program (which is typically a minimum of 3 additional years) of intense training in emergency, surgery and critical care. This residency is completed through an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)-approved training program. Residency programs in emergency and critical care focus on the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disease processes in an emergency, and for the critical time while the animal is recovering. The emergency and critical care residency is supervised by mentors who have been trained through similar programs and are themselves board-certified specialists (DACVECC).
Once the veterinarian has completed these additional years of specialty residency training, the individual must then pass a rigorous, 2-day board certification examination given by the ACVECC. Upon successful completion of the training and passing of the examination, the veterinarian becomes a Diplomate of the ACVECC (DACVECC), is termed a “specialist”, and is board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care (DACVECC).