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Angell Animal Medical Centers – Boston

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293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
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Angell at Nashoba – Low-Cost Wellness Care

100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-5992
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
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1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-0940
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400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
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What is a Board Certified Specialist?

To become a board certified specialist, veterinarians have to complete a series of steps including additional years of residency and rigorous training in their chosen field of specialty study. After completing these steps, a veterinarian receives board certification. A veterinarian (individual with DVM or VMD after their name) has completed the first two of the following steps. A board certified specialist must complete all of the following steps:

  • Receive an undergraduate degree.
  • Complete four years of veterinary school.
  • Receive advanced training during a one-year internship program.
  • Participate in a three-year residency program completing specific training and caseload requirements under the supervision of other board-certified individuals.
  • Conduct research and publish in scientific journals.
  • Following this training, candidates must submit a credentials application then pass a rigorous examination evaluating competence in the specific area of specialization.
  • Once all credentials have been met, and the individual passes the exam, the status of board-certified specialist is granted.
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