American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) is a specialty board recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association with the sole authority to establish and maintain criteria for the training, knowledge and skill that is essential for the designation of an individual as a specialist in the clinical practice of veterinary anesthesiology and perioperative pain management. Veterinarians certified by the ACVAA are known as Diplomates of the ACVAA.