American Association of Feline Practitioners

Veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats

ABVP Certification

ABVP Certification

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) provides board certifications in eleven species categories. The Feline category is for veterinarians who choose to be recognized as feline-only specialists.

ABVP Certification sets you apart – among the most ambitious, forward-thinking professionals in veterinary care, driven by a commitment to the wellbeing of animal and those who care for them.
Veterinarians who are ABVP Certified have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine.


  • To qualify to sit for the extensive, one-day online examination, a veterinarian must be 4.5 yrs post-graduation to submit credentials and 5 yrs post-graduation to sit for the exam.
  • Case reports, professional education records and references must be submitted and pass review before permission to take the examination is granted.
  • Recertification is required every 10 years.
  • All veterinarians interested in attaining Diplomate status with the ABVP are encouraged to first download and read the ABVP Applicant Handbook.

Should you have any additional questions about certification in Feline Practice, please feel free to contact the ABVP office or the ABVP's Feline Regent listed below.

ABVP Feline Regent

ABVP was founded in 1978 and its Diplomates 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.