Doctor and Staff Certification


  • What is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons?

    All surgeons at Animal Surgical & Orthopedic Center are ACVS Diplomates.

    Only veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) are Diplomates and have earned “board certification” or the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.  An ACVS Diplomate will list “DACVS” in the credentials after his or her name, e.g. Allen Johnson, DVM, DACVS. Please note that there are other US organizations that credential veterinarians in veterinary surgery.  These organizations may require varying amounts of experience, education, and training in surgery, but do not fulfill American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) standards for recognition.  Clients considering pursuing surgical services from veterinarians credentialled by other organizations are encouraged to take the additional step of comparing credentialling requirements, so they may make their own informed decisions. The Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons is the only surgical specialty credential recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Candidates seeking Diplomate status in the ACVS must have received a degree in veterinary medicine from a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, served a one-year rotating internship, and completed a three-year surgical residency program. The residency program consists of closely supervised training during which the resident works with recognized specialists to acquire additional knowledge and skill in veterinary surgery. Qualified applicants must then submit extensive credentials to the ACVS documenting their training, clinical competency, and scientific contributions to veterinary surgery. Finally, they must pass comprehensive oral, written and practical examinations to earn Diplomate status.


  • What is a Veterinary Technician?

    In recent years, the profession of veterinary medicine has become increasingly sophisticated and complex.

    The public expects state-of-the-art veterinary care for its pet companions. To provide this level of service, today’s veterinarians utilize the skills of trained professionals known as veterinary technicians. To be a candidate for licensing in Washington State, technicians must either graduate from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program or work full-time for a minimum of five years at a veterinary facility. In addition, he or she must pass the national credentialing exam and the state licensing exam. At ASOC, we are proud to have five licensed technicians on our staff. They are vital to providing the highest level of nursing care to our patients, and do so with the help of our veterinary assistants.  In addition, they mentor veterinary technician extern students who are completing their hands-on training in the field. Major duties of our technicians include:

    • Nursing care before and after surgery
    • Anesthesia and pain control
    • Surgical assisting
    • X-ray imaging, including contrast studies
    • Placement of splints and bandages
    • Client education
    • Laboratory testing