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Veterinary toxicologists protect human and animal health in many ways.

Learn more about our members and organization. 

Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the annual certification exam, originally set for Sunday, Aug 2, 2020 at the Annual AVMA meeting, is postponed.

Details forthcoming.

The American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT)

Established in 1967, the ABVT is one of 22 veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. It was the first professional organization to provide certification in the field of toxicology.  As a non-profit educational organization, the board administers a specialty certification examination to qualified veterinarians.  Our credentialing process ensures that animal and human lives will be protected by veterinarians with expertise in veterinary toxicology.

Who we are & what we do

Board-certified veterinary toxicologists protect human and animal health. We inform and educate health professionals and the public about toxicologic hazards to pets, livestock, and wildlife. We work in academia, veterinary medical diagnostic laboratories, poison control centers, government agencies, industry, research laboratories, and private consulting firms.

To learn more about what it takes to become a board-certified veterinary toxicologist and the ways our members contribute to society, visit our FAQs


Congratulations to ABVT diplomate, Dr. Wilson K. Rumbeiha, on his recent election as a Fellow of the 
American Association for the Advancement of Science!  Dr. Rumbeiha is a professor of toxicology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Visit our News page for more information. 

ABVT Travel Award Winner 

Congratulations to 
Dr. Kathryn LaQuaglia recipient of the 2020 ABVT Travel Award.  Dr. LaQuaglia is a small animal internal medicine resident at North Carolina State University.  The title of her presentation is "Neutropenia in dogs receiving vincristine for treatment of immune-mediated thrombocytopenia".  Due to the Covid19 pandemic the venue for this presentation will be determined at a later date.

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Meet our executive committee

Announcing our new 2019 diplomates 

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Certification exam:

Due to COVID-19, the annual exam is being postponed. Additional details will be sent to candidates and board members. 

Normally, the exam is held at the annual AVMA Conference. 

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