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Advanced Continuing Education

For ACVIM and ECVIM Diplomates and Candidates

The ACVIM offers advanced continuing education courses (also known as ACE) focusing on hands-on laboratories, lectures, case presentations and discussions. Check back often for new courses and details.

The ACE Committee is currently seeking proposals from ACVIM Diplomates to speak on various high-level topics of interest to ACVIM members. If you have a proposal to submit, please complete the Call for Proposals form and follow the instructions on the form to submit your proposal. 

Upcoming Courses

Infiniti Cardiology Boot Camp
August 22-23, 2014

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Introducing the latest ACE course for Cardiology Diplomates and Candidates! In what promises to be an annual event not to be missed, this course will provide an up-to-date review of the most important topics in the daily practice of cardiology—taught by some of the most influential minds in veterinary medicine. If you are an ACVIM or ECVIM-CA Cardiology Candidate or Diplomate looking for an intensive update in clinical cardiology, register today as space is limited. Click here. Discounted registration fees apply for attending both days.

Hypophysectomy: A Surgical Solution to Pituitary Masses
September 18, 2014—Registration Now Open!

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This will be a hands-on neurosurgical course offering 3.5 CE hours at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas. Participants will learn the indications for surgical treatment of pituitary masses, learn and practice the surgical approach to the pituitary fossa, and receive a detailed review of the medical complications of this surgical technique, including appropriate post-operative management of these cases. When registering, please indicate whether you are attending the morning session (8:00 am–12:00 pm) or the afternoon session (1:00–5:00 pm). This wet lab is open to ACVIM Neurology ECVN/ACVS Diplomates and Candidates at this time for a fee of $650. Each session is limited to 24 participants—first come, first served!

Click here to view speaker information. Click here to register.

Advanced Techniques in Neurosurgery
September 19–20, 2014—Registration Now Open!

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This is the seventh offering of this course at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas. The course combines a short descriptive lecture format with cadaver laboratories in which a wide variety of different neurosurgical techniques and approaches will be covered. Approaches to the brain, dorsal approaches to the spine, lateral approaches to the cervical spine, spinal distraction and fusion techniques, and placement of ventriculoperitoneal shunts will be reviewed. All special procedures listed in the Neurosurgery Certificate will be covered. This wet lab is open to ACVIM Neurology ECVN/ACVS Diplomates for a fee of $1,450. The course is limited to 24 participants.

Click here to view speaker information. Click here to register.

SAIM Infectious Disease
September 19–21, 2014
Registration is Now Open!

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Learn from and network with the experts in the field of infectious disease. This course offered at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas will present updates on the diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious disease. A case-based and interactive approach will be provided covering vector borne diseases, Leptospires and other urinary system infections, gastrointestinal system infections, respiratory infections and vaccine issues. Early-bird registration ($650/Diplomates and $325/Candidates) for 22 RACE-approved CE hours is now available. Click here to view speaker information. Click here to register.


Learn more about the ACE course logistics - what to wear, what to bring, and what to expect by clicking on the FAQ link.

Previous testimonials for ACE courses

“This course contained a great, diverse selection of speakers who held to the learning objectives. It was a very busy, intensive meeting but well-structured with interesting, topical panel discussions filled with healthy debate. Overall, an outstanding CE meeting.”
Sarah D. Shaw, DVM

"I really think this is a great conference. The time of year is appropriate for large animal practitioners. The more in-depth, personal approach to the topics was also very well received. Thanks to everyone who put this on. It was very beneficial." 
- Jaime Hustace, DVM, DACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine)"

The best CE I have attended in the last ten years! This was an outstanding CE course – easily the most informative, with valuable information to take away. Discussions at the level appropriate for Diplomates. The speakers stimulated me to critically analyze some of the methods I use, and there is so much I want to try when I get back. Thank you for putting together such a great CE course!"
– Suzanne Fincham-Gray, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)