A Note From ACVIM President

A Note From ACVIM President

News Room

July 2018

Dear Fellow Diplomates, 

In my first newsletter as President, I want to thank you again for the opportunity to serve and lead this great professional organization. 

I was thrilled to see many of you recently at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle for the 2018 ACVIM Forum. One of many highlights was the Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Medina, who spoke on Learning and Teaching: Lessons from the Cognitive Neurosciences.  We hosted more than 3659 veterinary professionals from around the world at this year’s conference, making it our second highest attended ACVIM Forum yet, with more than 1200 ACVIM Diplomates in attendance.  I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions to making this conference a huge success. Our deep gratitude also goes to our sponsors and exhibitors for their ongoing generosity and support of the ACVIM.  View the 2018 ACVIM Forum Highlights and Recap!

At the Forum, some of you had an opportunity to meet Veronica M. Muñoz, ACVIM's new Chief Executive Officer whose appointment was effective June 4, 2018. The Executive Search Committee was enthusiastic about the extensive search process and the final selection. We interviewed a number of truly extraordinary candidates. I’m confident that we’ve chosen the right person to build on our recent accomplishments and to achieve continued success.  Get to know Veronica a little better! 

ACVIM Constitution and Bylaws Revisions
Please vote before August 3rd on a revised version of the ACVIM’s Constitution and By-laws. While many of the proposed revisions are minor, ensuring that our Constitution, By-laws and Certification Manual are aligned, some changes are substantive, including adding a Diplomate from private practice as a new at-large Board member. Your vote is critical to reaching a quorum! If you've lost your ballot code, or haven't received it yet, please contact ACVIM@ACVIM.org, or call them at 1-800-245-9081.

The proposed revisions to the Constitution and By-laws are accompanied by a more comprehensive document which will highlight each of the proposed changes in the current document and provide an explanation for the recommended changes.
ACVIM Awards, Fellowships & Grant Opportunities
Last year, the Board of Regents renewed the College’s commitment to our research mission by voting to support a program proposed by the Education and Research Committee to fund research and clinical fellowships and resident research awards.I am very excited to announce that we have awarded five Advanced Research Training Fellowships and one Advanced Clinical Training Fellowship!   Please note the August announcements of the call for proposals for resident research awards for up to $10,000 per award. More information can be found here.

Other News from the Board of Regents (BOR) 
• As a reminder, minutes from the Forum and November BOR meetings, as well as from monthly conference calls are now available on our governance page of the ACVIM website.  
• The ACVIM is partnering with VetBloom to provide online access to some ACVIM Forum lectures and to a purpose-produced oncology series entitled “The Science of Oncology” targeted at oncology residents. Look for upcoming announcements this fall. 
• The BOR will be seeking your input with several short surveys this year. One goal is to identify areas involved in resident training where the ACVIM may be able to assist. If you are a Program Director, please look for an upcoming email asking for your input on residents’ training in client dynamics-associated skills (communications, client problem troubleshooting, etc.)

I want to thank our many ACVIM volunteers.  Our committees and task forces do a lot of great work and we have members that serve on these committees tirelessly. If you are interested in playing an active role there are any number of opportunities for you to join in. Learn how you can serve as a volunteer in the coming year. 

In closing, let me say that I am proud to be a Diplomate of ACVIM, an organization of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine. Thank you – ACVIM Diplomates – for the important work that you do. 

I’m excited to serve as president for this valuable organization, and I’m sure my fellow board members feel the same about their appointments.  Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!


Jane Armstrong, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM (SAIM)
President, ACVIM