American College of Veterinary Pathologists

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The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is an organization of board-certified scientists that has been setting the standard for veterinary pathology since 1949. By promoting excellence in veterinary pathology, ACVP improves and protects human and animal health for the betterment of society.


Our Mission

The mission of the College is to promote excellence in veterinary pathology through our members as they protect and improve animal, human, and environmental health to benefit society. The College promotes the advancement and sharing of knowledge, life-long learning and professional competency through its certifying examinations, educational programs, and journal.


The Organization

ACVP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an eight-member elected Council. Incorporated in 1949, ACVP is the oldest veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dedicated to furthering scientific knowledge, ACVP’s activities include the peer-reviewed journal Veterinary Pathology and a renowned annual scientific meeting. Successful completion of ACVP’s rigorous certifying examination ensures scientific prestige and strong employer demand. ACVP is working to ensure a continuous pipeline of pathologists through support of veterinary student chapters at all AVMA-accredited veterinary schools and scholarship programs, and preparing our trainees and career pathologists for our future dominated by digital pathology, artificial intelligence and advanced molecular tools. Members and corporations support the advancement of ACVP’s strategic initiatives with financial contributions.


The Membership

ACVP’s 2,195 members, also known as Diplomates, reside in 27 countries and have all passed the certifying examination in veterinary anatomic and/or clinical pathology. All ACVP members have completed a doctorate in veterinary medicine and at least three years of post-veterinary school training in anatomic or clinical pathology. Many of them specialize further with doctorates in toxicology, molecular biology or other scientific fields. They work in academia, diagnostic labs, the biopharmaceutical industry or state/federal government agencies, carrying out a diverse range of activities including:

  • Diagnosing disease in pet and food-producing animals
  • Teaching future scientists and veterinarians
  • Ensuring safety in food, pharmaceuticals and biological products
  • Conserving wildlife and the environment
  • Maintaining vigilance against outbreaks of new and emerging diseases
  • Conducting research to understand the mechanisms of disease for the advancement of animal and human health.