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Update from the ACVIM Board of Regents President
Why publish in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine?
Certification Manual Update
ACVIM is on the Move!
2016-2017 ACVIM Annual Report and Additional Documents

Update from the ACVIM Board of Regents President

As I complete the last couple months of my term as ACVIM president, I wanted to update you on a number of initiatives on which the Board of Regents has been working.

The Board of Regents, following the recommendation of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee (FIAC), voted to invest our global equity portfolios in a socially responsible manner by proactively screening for Environmental, Social and Governance issues, i.e. ESG Investing. ESG Investing seeks to own a portfolio of companies that are best in class based on scoring for performance on environment, social, and governance issues. Examples of ESG issues are greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, performance, transparency, accountability, labor standards, workplace health and safety, board structure and independence, management protocols, etc. Our ESG investments currently account for 47.5% of our long-term portfolios.

In September, 30 ACVIM candidates will travel to the 2017 ECVIM Congress in Malta thanks to a sponsorship from Royal Canin. Attending the ECVIM Congress will allow candidates the opportunity to attend scientific sessions and meet colleagues from around the world. Prior to the Congress, residents will have the opportunity to tour the Royal Canin Research Center in Aimargues, France, visiting the manufacturing plant and kennel and cattery. I’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to Royal Canin for providing this opportunity; it was extremely well received. Positions were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and they were claimed within hours of the announcement of availability. We hope to make this an annual event. 

I am very pleased to announce the formation of the Achieving Board Certification (ABC) Task Force. As we are all aware, not all residents become Board certified by the end of their residency for any number of reasons. Candidates who fail to complete credentials or fail an exam can become frustrated with the process of achieving Board certification and give up on completion of a goal that is well within their grasp. Once a candidate leaves their program, support systems change, and new challenges in attaining certification arise. The ABC Task Force will assess ways in which the College can support candidates post-residency. I want to be clear that the goal of the task force is, by no means, to ensure that all residents become Board certified. As outlined in the Strategic Plan, ACVIM will strive to ensure excellence in all programs. However, candidates post-residency can be aided by provision of resources from the College as well as support and encouragement from peers in ACVIM who experienced delays on their path to certification but were ultimately successful.

It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 ACVIM Forum will be here in a little more than a month. If you are attending, I encourage you to join me at the Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday. This is your opportunity as a member of the ACVIM to hear what’s happening within your college. Plus, you'll have the chance to win an iPad just for attending! And, you won’t want to miss the presentation of the prestigious Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence and the ACVIM Distinguished Service Award. These awards are the “Oscars” of the ACVIM, and the congratulatory videos are always the highlight of the event. Make sure to sign up for the luncheon during the Forum registration process.

Finally, on behalf of the Board of Regents and ACVIM staff, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who served on committees during the past year. The work of the ACVIM would not be possible without these volunteers and we are grateful for their service.

Dr. Ellen Behrend
ACVIM President 

Why publish in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine?

With exceptional editorial and high publication standards, the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM) is one of the most highly regarded veterinary journals. It is the official journal of the ACVIM, ECVIM-CA, ECEIM and ECVN.

Open Access
Articles in JVIM are immediately and permanently free to access to anyone in the world. There are no fees to submit an article and accepted articles receive an ACVIM subsidy bringing the article publication charge to $309 for active Diplomates and candidates of the ACVIM. Similar benefits apply for Diplomates of the ECVIM-CA, ECEIM and ECVN.

Exceptional Readership
In 2016, there were more than 1.3 million downloads of articles in the Journal by more than 400,000 readers throughout the world. Articles published in JVIM average more than 1,000 downloads per article compared to the average of 270 downloads for other Wiley veterinary medicine journals.

JVIM publishes high-quality, cutting-edge articles that change veterinary practice, such as the recent EPIC Study, making it one of the most prestigious journals for veterinary science articles. 

Respected Editorial Board
Articles submitted to JVIM go through a rapid review process by highly qualified, internationally known editors

Here’s what the contributors to the EPIC Study article had say about their experience publishing in JVIM:
“The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine was our first choice of journals in which we wanted to publish the results of the EPIC study. As an online open access journal the full text of the article was able to be immediately accessed by readers with internet access anywhere in the world. We were therefore able to quickly reach a very broad audience. This was demonstrated by the large number of full text downloads of the article that occurred in the last three months of 2016. Although our article was only published in late September, the full text article had been downloaded over twelve thousand times by the end of 2016.
JVIM is the official journal of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM); organisations of which many of the authors of the study are members. Through ACVIM the Journal is able to access a network of contacts at media outlets and help raise awareness of published studies. A coordinated campaign of publicity, contributed to by ACVIM, allowed the profile of our study to be raised, generating considerable media attention on both sides of the Atlantic. The ultimate purpose of clinical research is to improve the health and welfare of animals cared for by veterinarians. This can only be done if news of significant breakthroughs in the treatment of disease is disseminated to the veterinarians responsible for delivery of health care and the owners of animals that may be affected. The combination of media coverage and immediate access to the full text article ensures the message rapidly reaches the relevant audiences and the findings of our study can be acted upon bringing about a genuine change in clinical practice.”

Adrian Boswood, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DVC
Professor of Veterinary Cardiology at the Royal Veterinary College

Jens Haggstrom, DECVIM
Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 

Sonya Gordon, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Small Animal Clinical Science, Texas A&M University

Certification Manual Update

As discussed in past communications, the General Information Guide (GIG) is in the process of a much needed update. We recognize that the GIG had become outdated over the years and is increasingly difficult to navigate when searching for needed information. In an effort to make a document that is more user-friendly, a number of committees (Credentials, RTCs, IOCARTs) have been working diligently to create a new and improved document, and we are excited to present the Certification Manual to the membership for review and feedback in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for additional information!

ACVIM is on the Move!

In March, the ACVIM moved into its newly purchased office space within a four-story office building located in Greenwood Village, also known as the Denver Tech Center. The new office space is more conducive to staff collaboration, provides for enhanced safety of staff and visitors and is in a location more attractive to job seekers. In addition, the property includes access to a large space that can be used for Board meetings and educational events.

An open house is planned for Thursday, May 4 from 3:00-6:00 pm for our members, partner vendors and volunteers. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and help welcome the ACVIM to its new home!

8301 E. Prentice Avenue, Suite 300 | Greenwood Village, CO 80111


2016-2017 Annual Report and Additional Documents