Dr. Small is one of a very small group of veterinarians who have earned the title “Diplomate” from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). In fact, there are only 80 ABVP Diplomates in the Feline Specialty in the United States and abroad.
What does that mean?
It means your veterinarian made the choice to undergo a very long, difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist. This process can take up to six years to complete. The process, however, does not end at certification. ABVP Diplomates are required to recertify every 10 years, a stringent requirement that most other specialty groups do not require. In the end, the motivation behind achieving Diplomate status is striving for excellence.
ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more specialty categories of animals.
How does this affect you?
You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care available.
What You Should Know About the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners:
ABVP advances the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence in species-oriented clinical practice.
The Diplomates of ABVP have a common desire and willingness to deliver superior, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary veterinary service to the public. They are veterinarians who have demonstrated expertise in the broad range of clinical subjects relevant to their practice and display the ability to communicate medical observations and data in an organized and appropriate manner.