A Note From ACVIM President

A Note From ACVIM President

News Room

Dear Fellow Diplomates, 

As we head into fall and the November Board of Regents meeting, I want to take this opportunity to update you on some of the activities of the College.  


The Certification Manual (CM) part 1 and each specialty’s part 2, (Oncology rejected some items) was approved in September. The final version of the CM is still being edited and formatted to reflect changes made in advance of the last vote.  The CM is expected to be posted on the web this spring. Currently the Certification Staff (led by Nicole Finn in the central office) is working with each specialty’s Residency Training Committee to develop a process for the transition to the CM.  It is expected that approved RT programs will have a grace period to allow programs to come into full compliance of the CM.   Current residents will continue under the minimum requirements of the GIG in place at the beginning of their program, until they complete their training.  Residents accepted for programs beginning in July 2018 will be guided by the CM, subject to modifications which may occur during the transition period.  The Board of Regents wishes to ensure that they and the central office will continue to work diligently throughout the transition period from the GIG to the CM, guiding residency training programs and certification.

As part of the Strategic Plan the Specialists in Private Practice Advisory Panel  (SPPAP) was formed to explore the needs of this segment of our membership.  Panel members represent all specialties within the College, have a variety of experience within ACVIM, and work within a variety of practice settings. The Advisory Panel’s charge is to provide input on the concerns or unmet needs that affect specialists in private practice and to determine what the ACVIM can do to encourage practitioners to become leaders of the College.  The panel has identified specific themes under the broad headings of the need for additional resources to support practitioners, and the barriers to participation and representation within the College. Specific recommendations to address aspects of the themes identified will be generated for presentation to the Board of Regents at next year’s Forum.

After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the ACVIM helped support the animals and veterinarians affected by these hurricanes as well as rescue and aid efforts in Texas and Florida.  Ten thousand dollars were given to both the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Foundation and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for relief efforts.  In addition, the ACVIM is helping our members double their personal contributions by matching dollar for dollar personal donations made by Diplomates to any organization providing support to animal or veterinarian disaster victims affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, up to a total of $20,000 from ACVIM. Diplomates have until the end of November to submit their donation documentation to the ACVIM office for matching funds.  To date diplomates have donated $6,813.82 that has been matched by the ACVIM.

The annual ACVIM Forum continues to be the cornerstone of continuing education offered by the college.  The 2018 Forum will be held in Seattle June 14-16, with the Specialty Symposium occurring June 13.  Registration opens in December; registration materials will be found on the ACVIM website.  As reported in the July newsletter, the Forum has been thoroughly evaluated by the professional consulting firm Velvet Chainsaw to ensure the forum meets the educational needs of attendees and remains viable economically.  Although the final report will be presented to the BOR at the November meeting, some of the changes recommended by Velvet Chainsaw have already been implemented for 2018.  More interactive sessions will occur during the day, with night sessions limited to true special interest groups. Some changes in the times of reoccurring events such as the keynote address and consensus reports will occur, however the Forum Program Committee has worked diligently with each specialty’s subcommittee on the schedule of sessions to ensure limited overlap in interest areas. The forum will conclude on Saturday, the 16th of June at noon, allowing attendees to return home on Saturday.  For those staying in Seattle until Sunday or longer, suggestions (and maybe discounted attraction tickets) will be made for attendees to enjoy exploration of Seattle. 

Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) Courses are designed specifically for and offered exclusively to ACVIM, ECVIM, ECVN, and ECEIM Diplomates and ACVIM Associates in good standing, as well as candidates of the same colleges actively pursuing Board certification. These courses are limited in enrollment and focus on a single topic or subspecialty area allowing for an immersive experience and networking.  Every course offered to date has been enthusiastically received and reviewed by attendees. Upcoming courses are Key Topics in Interventional Cardiology, offered by Infiniti Medical and led by Dr. Brian Scansen (cardiology) on December 8. This course is a 1 day course and includes hands on laboratory sessions for technical development.   Equine Cardiology is offered Jan 18-20 and includes multiple live laboratory stations, as well as interactive discussions.  The course is organized by Dr. Virginia Reef (LAIM) with co-instructors Drs. Mary Durando (LAIM), Sophy Jesty (LAIM and cardiology), Cris Navas (LAIM), Colin Schwarzwald (LAIM and ECEIM) and JoAnn Slack (LAIM). The early registration deadline, which provides a discounted registration fee, is December 18th.

The ACVIM gives two awards annually. The Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence provides an avenue for recognition of outstanding achievements and dedicated service to the veterinary profession by an ACVIM Diplomate. Recipients have exemplary careers in veterinary medicine, with national and international recognition for their contributions and service in such activities as clinical medical practice, instruction, research and/or public service. The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service by an ACVIM Diplomate in a volunteer capacity to the College. Recipients have an exemplary record of service to ACVIM either as an elected official of the College, through voluntary service on task forces and committees, or as an advocate of the College to the veterinary profession or public. I encourage you to consider nominating a deserving diplomate. Nomination forms for both awards are found on the members website and are due on December 15.  Presentation of the awards will be made at the diplomates’ luncheon during the Forum in Seattle.

Each year we recognize diplomates who have passed away.  The BOR wishes to more formally recognize the life and contributions of these diplomates and has initiated a policy to donate $100 to a charity designated by the Diplomate’s family, or to the Diplomate’s alma mater if a charity has not been named.  Formal recognition of these diplomates will occur at the college luncheon during the forum. 

The ACVIM Board of Regents will hold its fall meeting November 2-3 with a number of topics on the agenda for discussion, including the strategic plan and implementation of the CM. As always, please feel free to contact me or any board member with questions, concerns or input.  

Susan L. White DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
President, ACVIM