WHAT IS A "BOARD CERTIFIED" SURGEON? 

A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-4 year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

Those who meet these qualifications and pass the examination are specialists referred to as “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board-certified surgeon" and can list "DACVS" on their credentials. 

Dr. Sam Franklin became a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012 after completing his 1-year internship at the University of Pennsylvania, 4-year residency at the University of Missouri and passing an extensive 2-day board certification examination. 

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WHAT IS AN ACVS FOUNDING FELLOW IN
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY (MIS)?

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Founding Fellows in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery are ACVS Diplomates that have demonstrated through clinical practice, research publication, invited national presentations, and technique development, that they are leaders in the field of Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery.  These 18 fellows are considered pioneers in this area of subspecialization and are qualified to establish fellowship training programs to now train other Diplomates of the ACVS.  

 

Dr. Sam Franklin was awarded Founding Fellow status in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery in 2018 for his expertise in, publications on, and advancement of canine arthroscopy and minimally invasive fracture repair.