With a doctorate from the University of Illinois in veterinary medicine, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince serves as a partner and veterinarian with several animal clinics in Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is one of only 15 veterinarians in the state to be awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), first in 1993, and then again in 2002 and 2012. He is certified in Canine and Feline Practice.
The ABVP promotes certification as a mark of expertise for veterinarians, and has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to certify veterinarians in medical specialties. These candidates must maintain a high standard in their work and engage in consistent continuing education. Diplomate status means the veterinarian has been awarded board certification in a Recognized Veterinary Specialty (RVS). This requires at least three years of study, practice, and passage of an examination for that specialty.
AVMA specialty categories include practice areas such as avian medicine, canine and feline practice, or swine health management, depending on the applicant’s interest. Pet owners may wish to seek out ABVP Diplomates to ensure their pet is getting the highest grade of care.