Veterinary Acronyms

Industry Acronyms

AABP – American Association of Bovine Practitioners

AAEP – American Association of Equine Practitioners

AAFP – American Association of Feline Practitioners

AAHA – American Animal Hospital Association

AARV – American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians

AASP – American Association of Swine Practitioners

AAVC – American Association of Veterinary Clinicians

AAVMC – Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

AAVSB – American Association of Veterinary State Boards

AAWA – Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

ABVP – American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

ABVS – American Board of Veterinary Specialists (part of AVMA)

ABVT – American Board of Veterinary Toxicology

ACAW – American College of Animal Welfare

ACLAM – American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

ACVP – American College of Poultry Veterinarians

ACT – American College of Theriogenologists

ACVAA – American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia

ACVB – American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

ACVCP – American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology

ACVD – American College of Veterinary Dermatology

ACVECC – American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

ACVIM – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

ACVM – American College of Veterinary Microbiologists

ACVN – American College of Veterinary Nutrition

ACVO – American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

ACVP – American College of Veterinary Pathologists

ACVPM – American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine

ACVR – American College of Veterinary Radiology

ACVS – American College of Veterinary Surgeons

ACVSMR – American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

ACZM – American College of Zoological Medicine

AKC – American Kennel Club

APHIS – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part of USDA)

AVDC – American Veterinary Dental College

AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association

AVMF – American Veterinary Medical Foundation

CAHFS – California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, UC Davis

CAVMRC – California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps

CAWA – California Animal Welfare Association (CalAnimals)

CCT – Clinical Competency Test

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDFA – California Department of Food and Agriculture

CDFG – California Department of Fish and Game

CEAH – Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (part of USDA APHIS)

CESQG – Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator

CHRB – California Horse Racing Board

CPE – Clinical Proficiency Exam

CSB – California State Board

CVA – Certified Veterinary Assistant

CVDLS – California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System

CVMA – California Veterinary Medical Association

CVMF – California Veterinary Medical Foundation

CVPM – Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

CVT – Certified Veterinary Technician

DACVIM – Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Internal Medicine (or other veterinary specialties)

DCA – Department of Consumer Affairs

DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency

DHS – Department of Health Services

DOSH – Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA)

DTSC – Department of Toxic Substance Control (part of EPA)

DVM – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

ECFVG – Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates

ECVIM – European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

ECVS – European College of Veterinary Surgeons

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

FARAD – Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank

FDA – Food and Drug Administration

HSUS – Humane Society of the United States

ICVA – International Council for Veterinary Assessment (formerly the NBVME)

IIPP – Injury and Illness Prevention Program

JAAHA – Journel of the American Animal Hospital Association

JAVMA – Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

LVMT – Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

LVT – Licensed Veterinary Technician

MPH – Master of Public Health

MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheets

NAHMS – National Animal Health Monitoring Systems (part of USDA APHIS)

NASPHV – National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians

NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

NBEC – National Board Examination Committee

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSPR – Oil Spill Prevention and Response (part of CDFG)

PBL – Problem-based Learning

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

PLIT – Professional Liability Insurance Trust (through AVMA)

RCVS – Royal Collegge of Veterinary Surgeons

RVT – Registered Veterinary Technician

RVTC – Registered Veterinary Technician Committee

SAVMA – Student American Veterinary Medical Association

SIC – Standard Industry Classification

SPCA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

USDA – United States Food and Drug Administration

USP – U.S. Pharmacopeia

VACSP – Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substances Permit

VHMA – Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

VIRMP – Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program

VISC – Veterinary Insurance Services Company (through the CVMA)

VMB – Veterinary Medical Board

VMD – Veterinary Medical Doctor, Veterinariae Medicinae Doctors

VMTH – Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, UC Davis

WVA – World Veterinary Association

Medical Acronyms

AC – Before a meal, from Latin ante cibum

AD – Right ear, from Latin auris dexter

ADR – Ain’t Doing Right

AS – Left ear, from Latin auris sinister

AU – Both ears, from Latin auris uterque

BAR – Bright, Alert, Responsive

BARH – Bright, Alert, Responsive, Hydrated

BCS – Body Condition Score

BID – Twice a day, from Latin bis in die

BP – Blood Pressure

BPM – Beats Per Minute

BW – Body Weight

Bx – Biopsy

CBC – Complete Blood Count

CCMS – Clean Catch Midstream

CM – Castrated Male

CRT – Capillary Refill Time

D/C – Discontinue

DV – Dorsal-Ventral

Dx – Diagnosis

ECG/EKG – Electrocardiogram

EEG – Electroencephalogram

EENT – Eyes, Ears Nose, Throat

EOD – Every Other Day

F/S – Spayed Female

FNA – Fine Needle Aspirate

Fx – Fracture

GI – Gastrointestinal

HBD – Hit By Car

HR – Heart Rate

HCT – Hematocrit

Hx – History

ID – Intradermal

IM – Intramuscular

IN – Intranasal

IP – Intraperitoneal

IV – Intravenous

KBH – Kicked By Horse

MM – Mucous Membranes

M/N – Neutered Male

NDR – Not Doing Right

NPO – Nothing by mouth, from Latin per os

NSF – No Significant Findings

OD – Right eye, from Latin oculus dexter

OS – Left eye, from Latin oculus sinister

OU – Both eyes, from Latin oculus uterque

PCV – Packed Cell Volume

PE – Physical Exam

PLN – Peripheral Lymph Nodes

PO – By mouth, from Latin per os

PST – Put to Sleep

PRN – As needed, from Latin pro re nata

PU/PD – Polyuria/Polydipsia

q36hrs – Every 36 hours (or other time frame)

QAR – Quiet, Alert, Responsive

QARH – Quiet, Alert, Responsive, Hydrated

QD – Once a day, from Latin quaque die (SID preferred in vet med)

QID – Four times a day, from Latin quarter in die

QOD – Every other day, from Latin quaque altra die (EOD preferred in vet med)

QOL – Quality Of Life

ROM – Range Of Motion

RR – Respiratory Rate

Rx – Prescription

S/R – Suture Removal

SG – Specific Gravity

SID – Once a day, from Latin semel in die

SOAP – Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan

SQ/SC – Subcutaneously

STAT – Immediately, from Latin statim

Sx – Surgery

TID – Three times a day, from Latin ter in die

TPR – Temperature, Pulse, Respiration

Tx – Treatment

UA – Urinalysis

URI – Upper Respiratory Infection

UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

VD – Ventral-Dorsal

WNL – Within Normal Limits

x7d – For 7 days (or other time frame)

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