What is ABVP Certification?


Dr. Levy is one of a very small group of specialists, known as Diplomates, who have earned the Diplomate title from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). He is one of 900 ABVP Veterinary Diplomates in the United States and abroad.

What does this mean? It means that Dr. Levy made a choice to undergo a long and difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This process takes a minimum of three years to complete and the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence in clinical veterinary practice.

Most veterinarians performing broad-based clinical practice are not board certified. ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) is a recognized veterinary specialty organization of the American Veterinary Medical Association. ABVP currently offers certification in ten recognized veterinary specialties.

  • Avian Practice
  • Beef Cattle Practice
  • Canine and Feline Practice
  • Dairy Practice
  • Equine Practice
  • Exotic Companion Mammal Practice
  • Feline Practice
  • Food Animal Practice
  • Reptile and Amphibian Practice
  • Swine Health Management

Dr. Levy completed his initial ABVP certification in Canine and Feline Practice in 1993. The ABVP requires Diplomates to recertify every ten years. In 2003, Dr. Levy completed his first re-certification by additional studies and examination. Dr. Levy successfully completed recertification for the second time, in 2013 by completion of a series of case reports, interpretive summaries, lectures, and over 250 hours of advanced veterinary continuing education courses.

How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving exceptional treatment because Dr. Levy feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care for your pet.