ACLAM Recertification

ACLAM established a program of recertification to assist active Diplomates in maintaining the quality of their educational expertise and to provide recognition of such qualifications. The purposes of formal recertification can best be met by consistent, documented participation in a combination of scholarly activities, professional development, and service to veterinary medicine, the laboratory animal specialty, and the biomedical community.

Recertification is required at 8-year intervals, commencing with the first calendar year following initial certification. The recertification periods are staggered so that only about 1/8 of the ACLAM membership comes up for recertification each year.

Recertification Activities

A total of 400 recertification credits must be attained during each recertification period. Credit submission is based on the honor system. Activities not included in this list that demonstrably contribute to an individual’s professional development or maintenance of currency in the laboratory animal medicine specialty will be considered by the Recertification Committee.

Maintaining Certification starting in 2016

Effective 2016, newly issued Diplomate certificates will be time dated, and recertification based on that date. All Diplomates will still be required to fulfill the requirements of our recertification program to maintain their certification regardless of when they received their initial Diplomate status.

The evaluation of Diplomates for maintenance of certification will occur every 8 years effective on January 1 following the date of their initial certification.

ACLAM will not rescind an initial certificate of any Diplomate unless a date of expiration was a condition of the original certification.

Professional Development/Continuing Education 

(Maximum 400 credits per certification period; 100 credits minimum. 8 hours is maximum per day. If more than 8 hours per day is required, please with an explanation. )

Attendance at laboratory animal medicine focused meetings

3 cr/hr

Attendance at ACLAM exam review

3 cr/hr

Attendance at other acceptable meetings1

2 cr/hr

Study of ACLAM-approved continuing education materials2

1 cr/hr of study

Attendance in acceptable coursework3

1 cr/contact hr

Scholarly Activities  (maximum 300 credits per certification period; no minimum requirement)

Publication in laboratory animal medicine-focused media4

100 cr first author
50 cr other author

Publication in other media on an area related to laboratory animal medicine5

80 cr first author
40 cr other author

Presentation, platform/poster presented at any local, regional, national, international meeting. The exact same poster or platform presentation can only be claimed once (i.e., if it has the same title and authors). 

40 cr first author
20 cr other author


2 cr/contact hr

Reviewer/editorial board for journal

1 cr/contact hr

Service Activities  (maximum 200 credits per certification period; no minimum requirement)

Effort devoted to laboratory animal science organizations, including ACLAM, ASLAP, APV, AALAS, AAALAC, ILAR, FBR, SCAW, AWIX. Activities in broader organizations such as AVMA, NIH, USDA, and scientific and professional organizations at state, national, and international levels are also included. Attending association business meetings (e.g. AALAS general meeting, AALAS branch meeting, ACLAM business meeting) does not count unless the Diplomate is a Board or Committee member conducting official business.

1 cr/hr

  1. Meetings include ACLAM Forum; national and regional AALAS meetings; lab animal medicine sessions of AVMA, POLA, NIH/OPRR; Charles River Short Courses; and specific meetings focused on laboratory animal medicine or laboratory animal science (including management and regulatory aspects). Other acceptable meetings include local, state, and national meetings on veterinary clinical medicine, biomedical sciences, or other subjects valuable to the practice of laboratory animal medicine, including pathology, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, teratology, toxicology, neuroscience, cellular biology, and molecular biology. Decreased credits may be awarded if the Recertification Committee determines the meeting’s focus is not lab animal medicine.
  2. ACLAM-approved continuing educational materials are those approved for self-study and recertification credits by the ACLAM Continuing Education Committee.
  3. Acceptable coursework includes postgraduate-level (or equivalent) formal coursework in any subject that enhances the Diplomate’s direct or ancillary knowledge in laboratory animal medicine, including resource management, OSHA/regulatory courses, pathology, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, teratology, toxicology, neuroscience, cellular biology, and molecular biology.
  4. Laboratory animal medicine-focused publications include ACLAM texts, Comparative MedicineLab Animal, and JAALAS. “Author” includes not only authors of manuscripts in refereed journals, but also book editors, chapter authors, and authors of autotutorial slide sets, video, and other educational materials. The submission is left to the discretion of the Diplomate.
  5. Other publications include clinical reports in JAVMA.
  6. Teaching/lecturing includes college- or professional-level teaching. Other examples include teaching investigators, AALAS technician courses, laboratory animal medicine-specific courses, or formal courses given to IACUC members.

Auditing of Recertification Credits
Credits are audited by the Recertification Committee. ACLAM mails the recertification credit maintenance form to active Diplomates each year. Diplomates should submit accrued credits annually, ideally at the same time they submit their annual dues. The Recertification Committee reviews these forms and provides a running tally of acceptable credits is provided to the Diplomates.

Late Recertification
If insufficient credits are earned in the 8-year recertification period, recertification can be achieved in the subsequent year by completing the requirements for the entire recertification period plus an additional 1/8 of the requirements (450 credits). The opportunity for late certification is limited to one additional year beyond the normal recertification date.

Appeals Process

The Recertification Committee informs Diplomates in writing if any submitted credits are deemed unacceptable, including the reasons that they were not accepted. If the Diplomate retains sufficient credits to be recertified, no further action is required. If the rejection of credits leaves the candidate with insufficient credits for recertification, the Diplomate is notified by certified letter.

Following notification of non-acceptance by the Recertification Committee, the Diplomate will be given 30 days to:

  • provide additional justification and information supporting reinstatement of the rejected credits, or
  • submit information on substitute credits.

If the rejection of the candidate’s submitted credits results in a failure to qualify for recertification, the Diplomate may appeal the decision of the Recertification Committee in writing to the Board of Directors (BOD). The BOD will appoint an appeals committee consisting of not less than three members (none of whom may be members of the Recertification Committee) to evaluate the merits of the appeal and the findings of the Recertification Committee and report them to the BOD. The BOD makes the final decision on the appeal and informs the Diplomate by certified mail.

There is no appeals process for those Diplomates who request early recertification, or for determining the suitability of submitted ACLAM examination material.

If the Diplomate is rendered unable to fulfill the recertification requirements on schedule due to an incapacitating illness, the Recertification Committee may vote to extend the deadline for recertification.

During any appeal process, ACLAM publications and membership directories in which the certification status of the members is listed will list the member as “certification current.”

Certification Status/Directory Listing
All ACLAM Diplomates are considered “certification current” if they have completed the recertification requirements or have not yet reached the date on which recertification is required.