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The American College of Animal Welfare is an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-recognized veterinary specialty. ACAW Diplomates are veterinarians recognized as board-certified experts in animal welfare. Diplomates hold positions in academia, government, corporate, practice and non-profit organizations. Diplomates are graduate veterinarians who have completed rigorous training and/or have obtained experience that qualifies them to sit for the certification examination. The two paths to board certification are described below, click on "Routes for Training" for a detailed step-by-step overview. All information and documentation is provided below. Please contact ACAW with specific questions to ensure the process is clear and followed correctly.

General Information


Step by Step Process leading to Board Certification

Alternate Route

Provisional Route

(No new applications accepted)

Training Route

(Under development)

Step 3 (Upload Details of Plan as one PDF)

Upload Alt Route Plan, Mentor Letter, Timeline Upload Requested Alt Plan Supplemental Info
Wait for an email confirming acceptance of your proposed Alternate Route Plan before proceeding onto the next step.

Step 3 (Upload Verification of Credentials Form and Supporting Documents in Order Listed as one PDF)

Upload Credentialing Forms, Pay Fee Re-upload Credential Forms

Step 3 (Upload Verification of Credentials Form and Supporting Documents in Order Listed as one PDF)

Upload Credentialing Forms, Pay Fee Upload Requested Credential Supplemental Info

Step 4 (Upload Verification of Credentials Form and Supporting Documents in Order Listed as one PDF)

Upload Credentialing Forms, Pay Fee Upload Requested Credential Supplemental Info

Step 4 (When Notified of Successful Credentialing as one PDF)

Upload Optional Exam Accommodations Form Upload Exam/Code of Ethics Form & Pay Fee

Step 4 (When Notified of Successful Credentialing as one PDF)

Upload Optional Exam Accommodations Form Upload Exam/Code of Ethics Form & Pay Fee

Step 5 (When Notified of Successful Credentialing as one PDF)

Upload Optional Exam Accommodations Form Upload Exam/Code of Ethics Form & Pay Fee

Step 5 (When Notified of Passing Exam)

Pay New Diplomate Dues

Step 5 (When Notified of Passing Exam)

Pay New Diplomate Dues

Step 6 (When Notified of Passing Exam)

Pay New Diplomate Dues

Step 6 (Provide Feedback)

Complete Survey

Step 6 (Provide Feedback)

Complete Survey

Step 7 (Provide Feedback)

Complete Survey