Dr. Laura Wade is a Diplomate, ABVP (Avian) Certified... What does this mean?
"Diplomate" status is granted by the ABVP under the approval of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, an official committee of the AVMA. It is intended as a professional and public recognition of advanced knowledge, skills and competency.
To become certified, veterinarians must be graduates of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) - accredited veterinary college - Dr. Wade is a graduate of Cornell University. They must complete a 2 year residency or 6 years of clinical practice with the species of interest, in which Dr. Wade has done both. They must substantiate a significant case load, document at least 90 hours of continuing education, obtain 3 letters of recommendation, write 2 case reports and pass a difficult two-day written and practical examination.
Residents must also have a manuscript accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Re-certification is required every 10 years. Diplomates must re-certify by either re-taking the exam or showing proof of giving back to the community with continuing education by way of lecturing, publishing of medical papers and documentation of educational cases.
ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.