Skip to main content
HomeExamination Prerequisites

Examination Prerequisites

Prerequisites For Board Examination

To be eligible to sit for the ABVT examination, a candidate must:
Section 1.
  1. be a graduate of a veterinary school or college accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); or possess a certificate of accreditation in veterinary medicine from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of the AVMA; or be legally qualified (e.g. licensed or equivalent) to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory, or possession of the United States or Canada or other country; and
  2. has subsequent to graduation from a school or college of veterinary medicine, made outstanding scientific contributions in the field of veterinary toxicology as evidenced by authorship of two (2) accepted peer-reviewed publications or completing two (2) funded research projects, or equivalent activity and has provided the Board with sufficient evidence of these qualifications for admission to the examination.
Section 2. An eligible candidate also must:
  1. Have satisfactory moral, professional and ethical standing.
  2. Satisfy the training and experience requirements of the Board by one of the following methods:
  • Have fully completed four (4) calendar years of training in toxicology, including completion of an advanced degree. Such a program will include courses or training in toxicology (general mammalian, comparative, clinical), biochemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmacology, pathology, and statistics. Experience in teaching of toxicology, and/or toxicological research, and/or the practice of veterinary clinical and/or diagnostic toxicology must be obtained. A minimum of two (2) of these four (4) years will be subsequent to receiving the DVM or equivalent degree, and under the direct supervision of an ABVT Diplomate;
  • Alternatively, a candidate may complete two (2) calendar years in the clinical practice of veterinary medicine, which may include the practice of clinical and/or diagnostic toxicology subsequent to graduation from veterinary school or college, and at least three (3) calendar years in a residency or other training program in toxicology, and/ or in the teaching of toxicology, and/or toxicological research, and/or the practice of veterinary clinical and/or diagnostic toxicology, acceptable to the Board.
  • Alternatively, for individuals who do not fulfill the requirements denoted under 1 ) or 2) above, the requirements for candidacy may be met through studies and experience obtained. The time necessary to obtain the required training and experience is dependent upon the amount of time available to be devoted to such activities. A candidate exercising this option should be first author on five (5) research papers or clinical reports acceptable to the Board. The candidate is responsible for providing sufficient evidence of training and experience acceptable to the Board to gain admission to the examination.
  • Have successfully passed the certification examination and be a current Diplomate in good standing of the American Board of Toxicology.

Additional information or questions concerning eligibility or the application process can be addressed to:

Candidate Coordinator Dr. Jay Albretsen,
or using the Contact Us page.