Update from the ACVIM Board of Regents President
A letter to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates About the ACVIM Foundation Dissolution
Call for Volunteers
Update from the ACVIM Board of Regents President
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful, peaceful holiday season. It’s hard to believe we’re already in 2017. The Board of Regents had a busy 2016, and I would like to provide some updates.
The Board of Regents had the difficult task of making the decision to dissolve the ACVIM Foundation as recommended by the Foundation Board of Directors. Following an extensive review of the Foundation’s viability and financial health, it was determined that the mission of the Foundation would be best carried forward by the College. A detailed timeline of activities and communications is in progress. Please take a moment to read the ACVIM Foundation update from Linda Fineman, ACVIM Foundation President, and Barbara Kitchell, ACVIM Board of Regents Chair, for additional information about this transition.
In 2016, the Board of Regents engaged in a strategic planning exercise, beginning by reviewing the plan existent at that time. The five goals of the strategic plan were determined to be: member engagement; certification / accreditation; governance / leadership; research facilitation; and knowledge dissemination. Five work groups, one for each goal, were formed consisting of ACVIM members and staff, with input from external volunteers. Each group made alterations to the previous plan to address changes within our profession and, more specifically, within our College. More information on specific strategies within each area is outlined in the 2017 Strategic Plan document that will guide the Board of Regents, committee volunteers and staff through the next five years and beyond. I welcome your feedback as we roll out the next plan.
I am very excited to share the successes that the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM) has enjoyed since going to an open access format. Recognizing JVIM’s importance and desiring to provide continued support of its quality, the Board of Regents voted to continue to support the article processing charge (APC) for ACVIM Diplomates with a 75% subsidy. Until the end of 2020, if any author of an accepted manuscript is an ACVIM Diplomate, the publication fee to the authors will only be 25% of the APC ($309 for 2017) and ACVIM will pay the remainder. ACVIM candidates and new Diplomates will have the APC fully waived for their first accepted manuscript.
Importantly, the open access format has given us the international readership and dissemination of knowledge that was the intent of the change. In 2016 alone, JVIM articles had 1.2 million downloads and more than 550,000 unique readers. Individual articles have had particularly high readership, including the ACVIM Small Animal Consensus Statement on Seizure Management in Dogs (>10,000 downloads alone!) and the EPIC (Evaluation of Pimobendan In Cardiology) Study results. The Journal has been endorsed by our international colleagues in ECVIM-CA, ECVN and ECEIM, and all three colleges will provide editorial and/or financial support for the APC. The manuscript submission rate remains strong with 367 manuscripts submitted in 2016 compared to 350 in 2015. Many thanks to the leadership from the co-editors and to all the authors for continued support!
Finally, a reminder that early bird pricing for the 2017 ACVIM Forum ends January 31. Make sure to register now before rates go up. Educational sessions are being finalized along with an exciting keynote presentation you won’t want to miss. I hear that National Harbor, MD offers a unique small town experience with great shops and restaurants. Plus, the nearby MGM National Harbor hotel and casino is open and ready, and has encouraged much recent growth in the area. With so many reasons to join me and the rest of your colleagues, I hope to see you there!
Dr. Ellen Behrend
A Letter to ACVIM Diplomates and Candidates About the ACVIM Foundation Dissolution
We are writing to share the bittersweet news that the College Board of Regents recently voted to dissolve the ACVIM Foundation, based on a recommendation from the Foundation Board of Directors. We assure you that this action was taken only after considerable evaluation of data, relevant information and alternatives, along with significant discussion and numerous consultations with legal counsel.
This past summer, a task force was convened to evaluate the Foundation's mission, structure, financial status and goals and to bring a recommendation regarding the Foundation’s future to the Board of Regents. Throughout the course of the task force's term, the group studied numerous financial projections to determine the likelihood of successful growth of the Foundation given current programs and revenue levels. Several revealing facts surfaced, including.
- It will take 14 years to resolve the Foundation’s current financial debt and outstanding obligations.
- The declining number of Diplomates making donations: 4% in 2015-16 vs. 8% in 2010.
Recognizing that these and other factors reflected a lack of financial viability and an unsustainable business model, the task force considered several options. After determining that forgiveness of debt (by the College) or leaving the Foundation in a dormant status would jeopardize the IRS nonprofit status, the task force concluded that dissolution of the ACVIM Foundation with continuation of the Foundation’s mission through College programs was the most fiscally responsible recommendation.
We understand that the information we are sharing may be a lot to process and want to assure you that this decision was not made lightly, or painlessly. While there are still many unanswered questions regarding the sequence of actions, transition of Foundation programs, distribution of restricted funds, and other details, a transition team has been mobilized to address these issues. This team will finalize the strategy, actions, communications, and timing for all required dissolution steps. We are committed to honoring the wishes of our donors in allocating existing grant funds. We also remain committed to the Foundation’s mission and are confident we can achieve it through several College programs and initiatives.
Please know that your past support of the Foundation is tremendously appreciated. We are extremely proud of the work that the Foundation has done over the years, and feel enormous gratitude for the Foundation and the research it has funded. We believe that absorbing the work of the Foundation into the College is the best path forward, allowing the mission to live on through funded programs within the College and other nonprofit organizations.
For additional information about the Foundation dissolution, please review the FAQ’s.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Dr. Linda Fineman
President, ACVIM Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Barbara Kitchell
Chair, ACVIM Board of Regents
On November 10, 2016, the ACVIM Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve a strategic plan, that was developed throughout 2016. The plan charts the direction for the ACVIM’s growth and continued success over the next five years and will serve as the blueprint for achieving the ACVIM’s mission in our ever-changing climate. The plan provides clearly defined objectives, related goals and actions, and is divided into five focus areas: member engagement, certification / accreditation, governance / leadership, research facilitation and knowledge dissemination.
A unique strategic planning approach was initiated in early 2016 to develop the plan. Under the guidance of the ACVIM Board of Regents’ Chair and CEO, five workgroups were established. Each workgroup was led by an Executive Committee member and Diplomate co-chair. The workgroups were comprised of 44 Diplomates, staff members and volunteer leaders representing 32 well-respected organizations in the veterinary and human medicine communities. Working virtually, the workgroups met frequently for several months. These groups worked closely with the College and Foundation staff to gather feedback from countless members and constituents, to study current processes and policies, and to develop a set of strategic priorities to guide the organization’s future.
The ACVIM leadership is committed to executing the plan in a thoughtful and collaborative manner and will continuously update members, stakeholders and the veterinary community of ongoing progress. In addition, there will be opportunities for feedback as the plan implementation gets underway. The ACVIM CEO will oversee implementation of the strategic plan over the next five years with assistance and support from staff, member volunteers and external partners. Additional details on the plan are available here.
Call for Volunteers
Contribute your skills, experience and knowledge to the ACVIM by serving as a volunteer in 2017. ACVIM committees are seeking volunteers now to start new terms following the June 2017 ACVIM Forum.
Here is how you can get started:
Review available volunteer opportunities on our website.
If you haven’t done so already, please complete a volunteer interest form. If you’ve completed the form in the past and you are not on a committee now, your name will be provided to decision makers for committee openings.
If you have questions, email Michelle@ACVIM.org and she’ll put you in touch with the right contact.
Former volunteers are encouraged to return.
What will you gain by volunteering?
Contribute in areas where you have expertise
Network with ACVIM leaders and colleagues
Gain visibility for your career and leadership experience
Influence the future direction of the ACVIM
Experience personal growth
Submit the volunteer interest form by January 27, 2017 to be considered for 2017-2018 committee positions.
If there is an appropriate position available, you’ll be contacted to see if you’re interested. Many positions require specific experience or are limited to specialty areas. If there is nothing available this year in your areas of interest, we’ll let you know and your name will be kept on the list of volunteers for future opportunities.
Help determine the future of the ACVIM and your profession by getting involved!
Don’t Let Your ACVIM Membership
Please note that dues payments for 2017 were due on October 1, 2016 and late fees have now been added for those that have not yet paid. Renew today to avoid being placed on inactive status and missing out on key benefits available only to ACVIM members.
To renew, log in to your Diplomate Dashboard and click on “Renew Dues.” This is also a great time to review and update your profile as needed. Your primary address is published on the public Find a Specialist search tool on the VetSpecialists.com website, so we recommend that you take a few moments to ensure your information is correct.
If you have any questions about your ACVIM dues payment, please contact us at ACVIM@ACVIM.org and we’ll be happy to help.
ACVIM Career Center
The ACVIM Career Center offers many valuable resources for its members and jobseekers. With roughly 45 new jobs being posted weekly, there are many new available job opportunities. You can also be discovered by posting your resume, create a job alert to have relevant jobs sent directly to you, and learn more about employers by viewing their company profiles.
Some of the newest features available on the ACVIM Career Center include:
Resume Critique Service
A new resume critique service for ACVIM members and jobseekers was launched on the ACVIM Job Board. Jobseekers can now request a free, confidential resume evaluation from a professional resume expert and writer from TopResume, a leader in the resume/career coach industry.
Enhanced Career Resources
The newly redesigned Career Resource Center provides a place where you can access relevant career content to assist with your job search and career development. The modern interface allows you to easily locate valuable content to assist when considering a career change, preparing for job interviews, or simply reading up on job searching.
Jobs You May Like
Coming in the near future, the ACVIM Career Center will introduce a new feature on the job view page! At the bottom of the page you will now find “jobs you may like” to introduce similar jobs to you. This new functionality will pull up to four similar jobs based on the job search performed or the job being viewed. This feature gives you a better job search experience by allowing you to see more relevant jobs you may be interested in.
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and our European College Partners
European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine—Companion Animal will fund an associate editor position, commencing 2017, for a Diplomate of the ECVIM-CA. The associate editor will be a member of the editorial board of the Journal with full responsibility for assisting the co-editors-in-chief with review of manuscripts, attend meetings of the editorial board (in person meeting at the Forum and by conference call at other meetings as needed), provide advice on Journal matters, and report back on Journal activities to the ECVIM-CA. The co-editors-in-chief of JVIM are discussing appointment of this associate editor with the President of ECVIM.
The European College of Equine Internal Medicine will provide funds to support the APC to the same extent as does the ACVIM for those articles published by Diplomates or residents of the ECEIM. The Journal will publish an ECEIM-sponsored consensus statement each year.
The European College of Veterinary Neurology will provide both support of the APC for 2017, to a similar extent as the ACVIM does for Diplomates, and funding for an associate editor from the ECVN, beginning in 2017. Professor Andrea Tipold will continue as an associate editor (neurology) with the Journal in this new role. The Journal will publish an ECVN-sponsored consensus statement each year.