Dr. Sarpong mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status. To qualify to sit for the extensive, two-day examination, a veterinarian must complete either a residency program or six years of clinical veterinary practice. In addition, two case reports, references, descriptions of practice procedures, and professional education records must be submitted and pass review. This year’s examination was given on November 4-6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners was established in 1978 and is accredited by a special committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists. Over 860 veterinarians worldwide are certified in one of ABVP’s ten practice categories: Avian, Beef Cattle, Equine, Exotic Companion Mammal, Canine and Feline, Dairy, Feline, Food Animal, Reptile and Amphibian and Swine Health Management. For more information on ABVP visit www.abvp.com.
Dr. Sarpong completed her undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. After graduation, she worked for Merck, Inc on new drug development before returning to school to pursue a lifelong love of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Sarpong lives in Hollywood/Santa Monica (part of greater Lakewood) with her husband, Benjamin, and two daughters, Abigail and Elouise. Her dog Noah has shared their home since being adopted after being hit by a car as a puppy. He serves as a great surrogate parent to cats and dogs spending time at the Sarpong house. More recently, Isaac, a 90 lb canine rescue joined the Sarpong household after being found running around White Rock Lake with heartworms and epilepsy.