English is the official language of AVDC.
All documents, forms and examinations provided by AVDC are written in English, and all materials submitted by residents are to be written in English.
Documents available as links from this page are either general documents applicable to both the Equine and Small Animal diploma tracks, or are specifically labelled in color as Equine or Small Animal.
Be sure to check the Changes for 2017 document so that you are aware of the most recent changes that affect the AVDC Training Program and Examination requirements.
Major changes in AVDC training program requirements are not applied retroactively. For information on previous training program requirements click:
To review the current General Training Program Requirements, click General Requirements.
To log into the Document Management System (DMS) for registered residents, click DMS
AVDC documents available on this web-site are revised to be in concordance with the most recent Changes document released in December or January of each year - date-sensitive documents such as Application Forms will include a 'Revised December 20**' or similar notation at the top of the document. If in doubt about current AVDC policy or documents, send an email note to ExecSec@AVDC.org.
Applicant, Resident, Candidate and Supervisor Definitions
A veterinarian registed in an AVDC training program is referred to as a Resident. Residents in a pre-2014 Alternate Pathway program are required to refer to themselves as Alternate Pathway Residents. Veterinarians in a training program with a registered start date of January 1st, 2014 or later are referred to as Full-time or Part-time residents.
An Applicant is a veterinarian who is applying for registration of a training program with AVDC, or is a veterinarian who has completed the required training program and is applying for credentials review.
A veterinarian who has completed an AVDC-approved training program and whose credentials have been approved is known as a Candidate.
Every resident has a Supervisor, who is an AVDC diplomate who has agreed to supervise the training program of a particular resident.
Documents are available either in Acrobat.pdf format (to view or to print), or in Word.doc format (to save and submit electronically).You will need the current version of Acrobat Reader soft-ware program to read several of these documents. Acrobat Reader is a free program. Click and follow the on-screen instructions.
Documents and Forms available for downloading from the list below are underlined.
Documents Links to Related Forms
for case logs
Small Animal Annual Reports:
Select the form that you need:
Specialty Training Requirement
Case Log Information
Requirements, Submission Instructions
Case Report and CREP Information
Case Report and Alternatives to Case Report (CREP) system
Requirements, content, format, submissioninstructions
For 2014 Publication Requirement documents, scroll down to 'Publications Requirement - 2014'
Credentials Application Information
Equine Credentials Applicationdocuments are available as links on the Equine Diploma web page
Small Animal Credentials Application Content, format, submission, reference letters
DMS - Getting Started with AVDC's Document Management System
Equine Dental Chart Information documents are available as links on the Equine Diploma web page
Requirement and examples
Equine Equipment Information documents are available as links on the Equine Diploma web page
For a Training Program Registration Application.
Small Animal Final Equipment List -
For review by the Credentials Committee
These documents include the Written examination blue-print, the Practical Examination Procedure List and the Suggested Reading List
AVDC-Approved definitions for use in veterinary dentistry
How to submit items before the Credentials Application deadline
AVDC Publication Requirements that became effective January 1st, 2014.
Radiograph Set Information
Equine Radiograph Set
documents are available via links on the Equine Diploma web page
Small Animal Radiograph Set Description of the requirement
Reinstatement of a training program subsequent to withdrawal from the program
Information for Diplomates
Form for Diplomates
Application Process for
Application Form for
Visitation and Residency Supervision requirement for Alternate Pathway or full-time residents whose training program was registered December 31st, 2013 or earlier, and for full-time or part-time residents whose training program was registered on January 1st, 2014 or later.
Visitation Form for use by Alternate Pathway (pre-2014) Residents
Welcome Letter - program changes, internal AVDC processes.