What does it mean for a veterinarian to be board certified as a specialist?
In order to become board certified, one has to first complete veterinary school. This is followed by years in general practice or an internship, followed by completion of an approved residency. During the residency, advanced training in dental and oral surgical techniques are mastered. Other requirements include research, case reports, presentations, and publications. After the residency, one must pass a rigorous two day examination process. If completed successfully, board certification is awarded, designating that individual as an expert in the field.