Evidence of excellence

ARI veterinarian Constant is new ACVS diplomate

14 April 2020

AO Research Institute Junior Project Leader Caroline Constant, DVM, is now a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Large Animal, after passing the notably demanding ACVS Phase II Surgical Competency Examination. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization for certification of veterinarians in large animal surgery and small animal surgery.

Constant, who joined ARI as a preclinical surgeon and junior project leader in March 2019, spent months preparing for the examination, which is reputed to be very challenging. She took the examination February 4–5, 2020, in San Diego, California, United States.

A native of Canada, Constant earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree and graduated with honors from the University of Montreal (Canada) in 2014, where she additionally received her certificate in applied veterinary science (internship) in 2015 and a specialized study diploma in large animal surgery (2019) after serving an ACVS surgical residency. Prior to joining ARI, she completed a six-month  fellowship at ARI Preclinical Services. Constant earned a master’s degree in veterinary clinical science at the University of Montreal in November 2019 and a master’s degree in engineering from the Mississippi State University (United States) in December 2019.

“When veterinarians do their residencies, there is no diploma, so passing the ACVS Phase II Surgical Competency Examination is the culmination of something important,” Constant said. “Although you hope you are well prepared for the examination, the questions are very difficult and there is very little time to answer each question.”

ARI Program Leader Preclinical Services, Focus Area Leader Preclinical Surgery Stephan Zeiter, DVM, lauded Constant`s extraordinary achievement and saw it  as evidence of ARI’s commitment to excellence.

“In research, researchers typically do surgeries and veterinarians are involved. At ARI, we have a team of vets who do both studies and surgeries. We have a vet—Caroline—who is specialized in surgery to really improve the quality of our studies and make them as reproducible as possible,” Zeiter said. “This is all evidence of ARI’s care for the animals, because science and animal welfare go hand in hand. When surgery is conducted properly, you have fewer complications, lower animal morbidity, and better scientific results.”



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