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Certification is awarded to veterinarians who have earned board certification from the ACEPM by successfully completing a residency program, as well as meeting all of its requirements, including passing a final exam. 

De Facto Diplomates

De facto diplomate certification is awarded to the founding members of ACEPM for their efforts and proven accomplishments in this field. ​


The ACEPM will accept and consider de facto diplomate applications from veterinarians who are already boarded by any of ABVP/ACZM/ECZM and who have demonstrated competence and a proven track record in the field of exotic pet medicine, as well as having made a significant contribution to the field as clinicians, researchers or educators. Application must be submitted and approved by December 31, 2023.


De facto application must include:

  1. Completed application form

  2. Letter of intent expressing the applicant’s interest in becoming certified by ACEPM and evidence of their contribution to the field of exotic pet medicine

  3. Detailed resume including: education, clinical experience, additional training, teaching and lecture experience, research experience, and publications

  4. Application fee

  5. Recommendation/reference letter from an ACEPM member

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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Diplomates are required to maintain their ACEPM Diplomate status every 10 years through maintenance of certification.

  • An ACEPM Diplomate is not required to sit for the exam again.

  • Instead, credentials are maintained by accrual of points earned from participation in clinical and non-clinical professional activities.

  • Professional activities that provide points include: publications, editorials, participation in peer-review, attendance at continuing education, presentation or leadership at conferences, serving the college in leadership positions, and sponsoring a resident.

Become a Mentor

Please email a letter of intent to along with the following information:

  • Name

  • Institution

  • Described caseload

  • Available mentorship

  • Please consider whether your current practice setting is able to support a residency program and/or your willingness to support a residency program in the absence of certain requirements (for example, if your hospital does not have a CAT scan machine on premises, or does not perform a high enough volume of endoscopic procedures, the resident would have to gain that required experience elsewhere.) 

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Apply to Become an ACEPM  Diplomate

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