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2013 Certification Examination Information

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2013 certification examination is October 1, 2012. You can submit a new application or update and existing application by going to our Candidate Application site.


Student Paper Competition and Graduate Student Award Update

The 2013 Student Paper Competition winners have been announced. Go here to see the winners.

The 2014 Student Paper Competition and Graduate Student Award selection process is now underway. You can get more information by going to the Student Paper Competition page or the Graduate Student Award page.


Who We Are

Board certified veterinary toxicologists are a vital link in human and animal health.  Veterinary toxicology ranges from biotoxins (natural chemicals produced by plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, and phytoplankton) to the toxic effects of pharmaceuticals, feed additives, radiation, and environmental agents on animals and humans.

What We Do

The American Board of Veterinary Toxicology is a group of specially trained veterinarians that strive to inform and educate the public, private practice veterinarians and veterinary medical students about toxicologic hazards to pets, livestock and wildlife.

Learn More

To learn more about what the ABVT offers, download our brochure and visit our ABVT In The News page.


ABVT Elects New Officers

Left to right: Dr. JW Spoo, outgoing President; Dr. Steven Hooser, President (2010-2012), Dr. Konnie Plumlee, President-Elect (2012-2014), Birgit Puschner, outgoing Secretary-Treasurer, and John Tegzes, Secretary-Treasurer (2010-2014).


2010 ABVT Service Award

The recipient of the ABVT 2010 Service Award is Dr. JW Spoo of Pfafftown, NC. Dr. Spoo received this award at the 2010 AVMA meeting in Atlanta, GA for his longtime support and commitment to the ABVT, for his many contributions to the organization as President from 2008-2010 and championing the production of the ABVT Profiles Series documentary.

Left to right: Dr. JW Spoo - 2010 ABVT Service Award receipient and outgoing President; Dr. Steven Hooser - President (2010-2012).


ABVT Profiles Series Video Now Available

UPDATE: The video documentary is scheduled for national broadcast on the Discovery Channel on Friday, May 28th at 7 am Eastern and Pacific times.

Click here to view the press release.

Click here to view the videos.

The Profiles Series, hosted by Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., is an award winning television series dedicated to showcasing the most important issues of the day. The series showcases everything from the latest business and technology stories to revolutionary medical and health issues. New and exciting environmental solutions to current educational breakthroughs are also profiled, in addition to profiles of important CEOs and leading corporations that are creating tremendous positive impacts on the world today. More information can be found on their website at http://profilesseries.com.

More information can be found here.


2009 ABVT Service Award

The recipient of the ABVT 2009 Service Award is Dr.Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Urbana, IL. Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant received this award for her longtime support and commitment to the ABVT and for her many contributions to the ABVT examination committee.

2008 Service Award


Left to Right: Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brandt, Urbana, IL – Service Award Recipient, Dr. Wayne Spoo, Pfafftown, NC – President.


ABVT at SCAVMA


Diane Gerken, Diplomate of the ABVT, pauses for a few moments with the "Missouri" guys in front of the ABVT booth at the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) Symposium. SCAVMA was held at Ohio State University on March 26-29, 2009 in Columbus, OH.

2009 SCAVMA Meeting

Future ABVT Meetings

  • 2010 Annual AAVLD/USAHA Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 11-17, 2010.

  • 50th Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting, March 610, 2011 Washington, D.C.

  • 148th Annual American Veterinary Medical Association meeting, St. Louis, MO; July 16-19, 2011.