ACVIM Forum Highlights

2017 Highlights

2017 ACVIM Forum Highlights



The 2017 ACVIM Forum was a success! More than 3,200 people attended this year's ACVIM Forum in National Harbor, MD. Veterinary specialists, general practitioners, students and technicians from around the world came together to experience exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge products, practical tools and resources, and powerful networking - all to assist them as they continue to transform veterinary specialty medicine.

The Specialty Symposium on Wednesday gave ACVIM Diplomates and candidate’s opportunities to learn, socialize, and meet with colleagues from their specialties. Congratulations to the 123 new Diplomates who were recognized and received certificates. 

Dr. Mark Stetter, Dean of the College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and former Director of Animal Operations for the Walt Disney Company, shared his unique experiences in veterinary medicine and his desire to “help solve major world problems” in his Keynote Address, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Diplomates had a chance to socialize and reconnect at the Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday. Dr. Ellen Behrend provided an update on ACVIM highlights and activities and then attendees were treated to the awards ceremony. Congratulations to our 2017 award winners: 

The Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence was awarded to Carolyn Henry, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) and the ACVIM Distinguished Service Award recipient was Jean Hall, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM). 


Exhibit Hall and 2017 ACVIM Forum Sponsors 
144 industry partners filled the exhibit hall with the latest products, services and technologies. You can still view the exhibitor’s information here

Attendees had the opportunity to extend their learning into the exhibit hall while participating in fast-paced
Knowledge Corner sessions focused on the latest cutting-edge research in the veterinary field. Sessions were sponsored by ELIAS Animal Health, Karl Storz, Practivet, PRN and VetDC. 

The Wine and Cheese Opening Reception and Poster Viewing sponsored by Purina provided a great opportunity to view research abstract posters on display as well as visiting with conference exhibitors. Attendees enjoyed wine, cheese and networking with industry experts and colleagues.

Research Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2017 ACVIM Resident Research Award winners for their research presented at the 2017 ACVIM Forum in National Harbor, MD! Click here to view the complete list of award winners.

And congratulations are also in order for Lark Walters, the winner of the NEW Early Career Clinical Oncology Research Abstract Award for her research on Expression of PDGFR-β, VEGFR2, and KIT in Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma.


Save the Date for 2018!
Mark your calendar for the 2018 ACVIM Forum in Seattle, June 13-16 at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). Located in the heart of Seattle, a city resonating with innovative minds and a vibrant arts scene, the WSCC is within walking distance of world-class hotels, restaurants, entertainment and attractions. With a longstanding commitment to sustainability, public art and modern technology, the WSCC serves its surrounding community and provides visitors with a truly unique Northwest experience. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle! Registration will open in December 2017. 

Call for Presentations
New for the 2018 ACVIM Forum, we will have only 2 calls for presentation submissions. There will not be a separate call for Late Breaking Research Report topics. 

    Scientific and Interactive Sessions:  August 2017
    Research Reports and Research Abstracts:  January 2018

Please check the ACVIM Forum website for additional details and plan accordingly.


          Access to the 2017 ACVIM Forum Proceedings are available to attendees and ACVIM Diplomates and
          can be accessed by clicking here.

          Event Program
          To view the 2017 ACVIM Forum program and schedule, click here.

          Mobile App
          All handout materials are still available to Forum attendees via the 2017 ACVIM Forum mobile app.

          On Demand Sessions
          During the 2017 ACVIM Forum, session content was captured in video and audio files. The ACVIM is
          working to launch a new learning platform where these will be available and complimentary to all
          conference participants. Stay tuned for further updates.

          Stay Connected - Social Media
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          official ACVIM Facebook page, tag us, and share your photos from the ACVIM Forum
          (Hashtag: #ACVIMForum)!