From Student to Diplomate: Dr. Dalrymple’s Shelter Medicine Journey

Dr. Aimee Dalrymple

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Aimee Dalrymple has achieved Diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), specializing in Shelter Medicine Practice. This marks yet another exceptional milestone for Dr. Dalrymple. Since earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, she pursued a Master of Science from the University of Florida Online Shelter Medicine program, which she later joined as faculty, to which she has become the 8th board-certified veterinary specialist.

Dr. Dalrymple’s journey in animal welfare education began as a student in our Online Shelter Medicine program, where she gained foundational knowledge and skills. After graduating, Dr. Dalrymple joined the program faculty to teach key courses like Shelter Animal Physical Health and guiding students through the capstone project for degree completion. She now adds the preeminence of being a board-certified veterinary specialist.

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, established in 1978, is recognized for its role in certifying veterinary specialists across various practice areas. With Dr. Dalrymple’s certification, she joins a group of over 900 veterinarians globally who have demonstrated expertise in one of ABVP’s eleven practice categories. Her certification emphasizes her skills in medicine, surgery, preventative care, behavior, and public health.

The path to achieving Diplomate status is demanding and involves a comprehensive application process, submission of detailed case reports and professional references, and a thorough review of practice procedures and educational records. The final step is a day-long examination, which Dr. Dalrymple successfully completed on November 4, 2023.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Aimee Dalrymple on achieving board certification in Shelter Medicine Practice. Her accomplishment is a testament to her dedication and hard work throughout her professional and academic contributions to the animal welfare field.