American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) – Exotic Companion Mammal (ECM)

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) is one of 22 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognized veterinary specialty organizations comprising 40 distinct specialties. ABVP is a leader in the veterinary industry, committed to preserving the food chain and protecting the human-animal bond, and is the only board-certifying body that offers certification in the care of the TOTAL patient.

ABVPOne of ABVP’s newest practice categories, the ABVP – Exotic Companion Mammal (ECM) specialty focuses on ferrets, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs and various miscellaneous pet mammal species. Veterinarians who pursue ECM certification work in high-quality practices and have access to the latest equipment, supplies, and medical/surgical procedures. They routinely see interesting, complex cases and are able to work them up and manage them at a high standard. The typical caseload is 10 or more exotic mammal cases per week. Veterinarians who see fewer than this may not be successful in credentialing. The type of cases seen is important as well as the number. By species, the approximate breakdown is 40% rabbits, 40% ferrets, and 20% mice, rats, and other pets.

If you are interested in pursuing Specialist designation or finding an Exotic Companion Mammal (ECM) specialist in your area, visit ABVP.

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