A Look at Board Certification for Veterinarians

For nearly four decades, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided compassionate clinical services for companion animals in Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince serves as a veterinarian at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center. Dr. Prince also holds professional credentials that include being a diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and board certification in veterinary medicine.

A mark of distinction, board certification indicates that a medical practitioner has completed additional education beyond minimum requirements in a clinical area.

For veterinarians, board certification involves advanced training in a specialty area following completion of veterinary school. Often, this advanced training consists of a one-year rotating internship with specialist supervision, as well as a three-year residency that focuses on a specialty area. Following this training, board-certified veterinarians are required to complete an examination that covers the specialization of their choice. For example, a board certified veterinarian may focus on areas that range from internal medicine and surgery to ophthalmology and neurology.