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Becoming a Diplomate

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About The American College of Animal Welfare

The American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW) is an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognized veterinary specialty organization.

The mission of the American College of Animal Welfare is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation. Diplomates of the American College of Animal Welfare are veterinarians with specialized training and experience.  This mission is fulfilled through the application of specific knowledge listed in the Joint Task Analysis (JTA) document.

Ensuring good animal welfare is a crucial goal of veterinary medical practice since its inception. However, in more recent years, considerations of animal welfare have expanded exponentially and is now recognized as a distinct discipline of veterinary medicine.  The ACAW has chartered in response to these deeper understandings of impactful nature of good animal welfare upon favorable outcomes in medicine and lifestyle.  The ACAW offers advanced animal welfare education and board certification to document those veterinarians who have exercised focused efforts to ensure good animal welfare while the profession continues to lead in advancing animal welfare knowledge for the benefit of the public and the profession.

Veterinarians educated to an advanced level of animal welfare science and ethics are uniquely positioned to provide the public, general veterinary practitioners, and other stakeholders with accurate data driven information and expertise concerning animal welfare challenges. The ACAW recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are important for all professional associations and encourages all graduate veterinarians to consider seeking board certification in animal welfare.  As a veterinary specialty organization, the ACAW supports the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) and American Association of Veterinary Medical College's (AAVMC) efforts to promote these important values across veterinary medicine.

Important Information

ACAW Webinars:  Visit this YouTube link for the webinar about ACAW and how to become board-certified. For other information click here.
 
ACAW Credentials Applications Due 1 November 2023


ACAW Continuing Education

Mark your calendars for the 2023 ACAW Short Course from June 8-10, 2023 at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gaggle: ACAW hosts a monthly webinar on animal welfare topics.  Designed for ACAW residents, any veterinarian is welcome to attend.  Contact the ACAW Secretary at acaw.secretary@gmail.com if you would like to receive the Gaggle notices.  Upcoming topics include:  Ethical Animal Welfare Dilemmas, Poultry Welfare, Housing Strategies for Rodents, How Fish Feel Pain




Recent ACAW Diplomate Awards


Prof. Andrew Knight
HSVMA Humane Achievement Award (2019)

Prof. Andrew Knight
Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2020)

Dr. Jeff Boehm
AVMA Animal Welfare Award (2021)

Dr. Bonnie Beaver
AVMA Award (August 2020)


Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy
AVMA Animal Welfare Award(Aug 2019)
and
UC Davis Presidential Endowed Chair (Nov 2020)