Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners


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American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Todd L. Prince, DVM, has 25 years of veterinary experience and serves at the animal hospitals of Wheaton, Naperville, Elmhurst, and Springbrook, Illinois. Dr. Todd Prince is certified in small animal practice by and a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

ABVP is a veterinary specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association that offers certifications in 11 recognized specialties. Veterinarians who become board certified have demonstrated superior capabilities in providing high quality care. When ABVP certifies veterinary practitioners, they become diplomates in one recognized veterinary specialty. As such, they have shown exceptional knowledge, skill, and competency in comprehensive patient care.

Veterinarians who would like to be considered for diplomate status should download and read the applicant handbook, which acts as a guide through the application and credentials process and answers frequently asked questions. The next step is to create an online account with ABVP, where applications, fees, and credentials can be submitted.


Warning Signs of Illness in Small Animals

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Todd Prince, DVM, provides high-quality veterinary care to animals in four Illinois animal hospitals. Dr. Todd Prince has more than 25 years of veterinary experience, and is certified in exotic companion mammal practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

In their natural setting, small animals avoid showing signs of illness or injury as a survival mechanism. This can make it difficult to tell when a rabbit, guinea pig, mouse, or rat is not feeling well. Pay attention to your pocket pet, and plan a trip to the veterinarian if he or she displays any of these warning signs.

1. Keep a close eye on small animals that have a sudden change in appetite. This is especially important if weight loss occurs.

2. Changes in elimination can indicate a problem. Loose stool is of particular concern.

3. Changes in appearance signify a health problem. Be on the lookout for abnormal discharge, the appearance of blood, or a dull coat.

4. Pets that seem weak, twitchy, or inactive should see a vet as soon as possible.

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners’ 20th Annual Symposium

Dr. Todd Prince, a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, with more than three decades of veterinary experience, cares for patients at Springbrook Animal Care Center in Naperville, Illinois. Board certified in small animal practice, Dr. Todd Prince is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Advancing the quality of veterinarian medicine, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) will host its 20th Annual Symposium at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel from November 12-15, 2015. The program features 27 hours of continuing education courses, covering topics such as new analgesia and anesthesia techniques, client relations, cardiac and renal procedures, and neurobiology. In addition, the ABVP will celebrate newly certified and recertified diplomates at the annual awards reception. The ticketed dinner is open to all attendees and includes a live auction to raise funds benefitting the Board’s foundation.

Registration is currently open, with fees beginning as low as $170 for veterinary students. ABVP diplomates in good standing receive a discounted rate of $375. One-day registration is also available for $225.