Applicants must arrange for an
official transcript of the degree used as the basis for qualification to
be forwarded directly from the granting institution to the ABT Office.
This document must be postmarked by May 31. If it is not possible to
obtain official transcripts from non-U.S. colleges or universities,
applicants must provide notarized copies of their diplomas and a listing
of courses passed. For candidates claiming earned doctoral degree
status, the course listing must permit a determination of educational
equivalence to a doctoral degree. If notarized copies of diplomas or
course listings are not provided, the applicant must satisfactorily
explain their omission and provide an alternate method for determining
educational status (e.g., recognition of the educational program by the
Educational Commission on Foreign Veterinary Graduates).
Applicants must arrange for
letters from present and former supervisors to be forwarded to the ABT
Office. For self-employed applicants, letters from clients or employers
may substitute if acceptable to the ABT Eligibility Committee. These
letters must explicitly specify the time period of the position, and
must accurately and fully document the applicant's duties,
responsibilities and full-time professional experience in toxicology.
The supervisor should review the above section on experience in
toxicology before preparing the support letter. The supporting letters
must cover the entire period of experience required with the actual
degree conferral date used as the basis for qualification. The letters
may contain other information as deemed appropriate by the supervisor or
employer. This information will be disclosed to the applicant upon
request so that accuracy can be assured. The letters must be postmarked
by May 31.
It is the responsibility of the
applicant to assure timely receipt of the required documentation.
Incomplete or late documentation will result in an ineligible status. An
applicant should not assume that transcripts or letters of verification
requested from a third party have been sent to the ABT Office. If
unsure, an applicant may call or e-mail the ABT Office to confirm
receipt of requested documentation.
The Eligibility Committee of
the ABT must have a complete dossier to review. The applicant must
describe his/her experience as a toxicologist, including full job
description(s) and bibliography (curriculum vitae). A listing of related
toxicology activities is helpful. To
aid in the preparation of complete documentation describing the
applicant's experience in toxicology (#3 on the certification
form), several suggestions are listed below. These suggestions should be
regarded as guidelines. The applicant may wish to provide additional
Simply providing the job
title will not suffice. Duties and responsibilities can be described in
terms of time allocated to specific activities, types of studies or
functions performed, reporting relationships, toxicology personnel
supervised, students or postdoctoral fellows trained, numbers and types
of technical reports prepared and role played in the preparation of such
reports, etc. Thoroughness is essential. Provide specific and detailed
descriptions of each aspect of present and past employment activities in
Many scientists with newly
acquired degrees have a training period for the conduct of toxicological
studies, or apply a previously acquired skill as a part of an overall
team effort to toxicological studies. At what point within their
scientific contribution and growth has "skilled technical work" changed
to "full-time professional experience in toxicology"? For purposes of
defining eligibility criteria, "full-time professional experience in
toxicology" will begin when the individual has demonstrated the
capability to conduct a toxicological study in an independent manner, to
prepare a valid report of the results and to understand the
interpretation of a toxicological study for professional use.
This definition will apply
to post-doctoral as well as post-baccalaureate experience in toxicology.
It will be incumbent upon the applicant, and particularly upon the
sponsors of applicants, to provide adequate documentation to satisfy the
A formal position
description may be attached, but may not be sufficient by itself.
A list of publications
using full bibliographic citations should be attached. Full length
publications, review articles, books, chapters and abstracts should be
listed under their respective headings.
List the name(s) of the
supervisor(s) who will provide a supporting letter and the time periods
they are covering.
Example of Toxicology Activities:
interactions with regulatory, governmental or other international
agencies; invited lectures, seminars, or participation in symposia.
Positions or memberships in
professional, trade or academic associations, adjunct appointments;
courses taught (indicate number of hours or lectures and brief summary
of content), etc.
appointments or other recommendations received from professional,
academic, industrial or other organizations.
A listing of continuing
education activities since obtaining highest degree. These activities
could include: professional meetings attended (provide dates); short
courses, workshops or specialty meetings attended; titles of journals
read regularly; etc.
All forms, fees, supporting
documentation and other materials submitted to the American Board of
Toxicology become the property of the Board and will be maintained in
confidentiality solely for evaluation of the candidate to take the