What does ABVP mean to you?

Did you know that Dr. Edie Best is ABVP certified? “What’s that” you might say…. Or “Who cares”!!

ABVP stands for AMERICAN BOARD of VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS. Dr. Best received certification in 2003 and became a “Diplomate” with this small group of veterinarians. In fact, there are only 900 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad!

So, what does it mean? It means your veterinarian made the choice to undergo a very long, very 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, something most other specialty groups do not require. In the end, the motivation behind achieving Diplomate status us, very simply, 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 categories of animals.

How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your pets are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care available. ABVP advances the quality of veterinary medicine through the certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence in species-oriented clinical practice.

The Diplomates of the 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.

Dr. Best is due for recertification by the end of 2013. She will be traveling to Chicago this November to take the extensive 2-day examination to qualify for recertification.

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