A specialist is a veterinarian that has pursued additional training beyond veterinary school. To be called a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or a board-certified veterinary surgeon, a veterinarian has undergone at least a one year rotating internship and three years of residency training following veterinary school. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) requires applicants to undergo specific training, caseload requirements and perform research that is published in a scientific journal. In addition, members must pass a rigorous, three-part examination. Veterinary surgeons are dedicated to providing the best in surgical care. With their advanced training, these surgeons offer expertise that ensures the best possible surgical outcome.