2019 Highlights

2019 Highlights

Phoenix was abuzz with more than 3,200 people attending the 2019 ACVIM Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. Veterinary specialists, general practitioners, students and veterinary technicians from around the world came together to experience exceptional education, late-breaking research, world-class speakers, cutting-edge products and services, practical resources and powerful networking opportunities – all essential as we continue to transform veterinary specialty medicine. And a special thanks to all of our Industry Partners for helping make the 2019 ACVIM Forum possible.

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Specialty Symposium 

Wednesday, a day dedicated to ACVIM members only, gave ACVIM Diplomates and candidates opportunities to learn and connect with colleagues from their specialties and address issues relevant to their specialties. Additionally, we had the opportunity to recognize the new Diplomates during the certificate ceremonies.

Congratulations to the 132 new Diplomates who were recognized and
received certificates. 

Keynote Address

Dr. Heidi Hanna explored the most valuable resource we have during this highly attended session, Recharge Your Brain and Your Practice: Practical Tools to Boost Energy, Health and Performance. Dr. Hanna provided attendees with five tips to apply in their every day lives as veterinary specialists. 

"The keynote address was great. Fantastic speaker and on a topic relevant to vet med but often not discussed."  


Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition 

ACVIM Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

ACVIM celebrated the legendary and prestigious Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence and the ACVIM Lee and Inge Pyle Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations to both Dr. Leah Cohn and Dr. Bradford Smith! You are appreciated!

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Congratulations to our 2019 Dr. Lee and Inge Pyle Distinguished Service Award winner: Leah Cohn, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

Congratulations to our 2019 Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Service winner: Bradford Smith, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)


Solutions Center

The Solutions Center was packed with energy again in 2019 with more exhibitors than ever before. From nutrition to technology companies and more, there was something for everyone. In addition to the exhibiting companies the Solution Center offers more opportunities for attendees to go beyond the booths.

Attendees extended their learning into the Solutions Center by participating in fast-paced Knowledge Corner sessions that were focused on the latest cutting-edge research in the veterinary field. Sessions were Sponsored by Antech Diagnostics & Imaging, ELIAS Animal Health, Karl Storz, PRN Pharmacal, Stokes Pharmacy and Zoetis.

For the first time, attendees were able to take a break from scientific programming and do something for their Health and Well-being. A new Well-being Zone held sessions to learn new skills for taking care of the mind, body and soul in the midst of a busy schedule. Thursday sessions were Sponsored by CareCredit. 

The Wine and Cheese Happy Hour Sponsored by Purina provided a great opportunity to view research abstract ePosters onDemand in the Poster Park as well as visit with conference exhibitors. Attendees enjoyed wine, cheese and networking with industry experts and colleagues or visit with furry friends in the Bark Park, Sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Cat Lounge, Sponsored by Merck.

Research Award Winners

Research dissemination is a primary focus of the ACVIM Forum with over 374 Research Abstract presentations delivered. We offer a big congratulations to the 2019 ACVIM Research Award winners for their research presented at the ACVIM Forum in Phoenix, Arizona! View award winners by clicking the button below.

Session information is still available on the conference microsite. Sort through the full schedule or narrow your results by using the search options. 

ACVIM Resident Research Abstract Award Winners

Weihow Hsue, University of California, Davis (Cardiology)
Reliability of Measuring of Left Atrial Size in Dogs with Subclinical Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease

Maureen Oldach, University of California, Davis (Cardiology)
Acute Pharmacodynamic Effects of Pimobendan in 22 Client-Owned Cats with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Ashley Hechler, The Ohio State University (Neurology)
Mechanical Quantitative Sensory Testing in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with and without Syringomyelia

Rachel Lampe, University of Illinois (Neurology)
Comparison of Cerebellomedullary and Lumbar Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis in Dogs with Neurological Disease

Megan Duckett, University of Minnesota (Oncology)
Adrenergic Receptor Antagonists Decrease Bone Sarcoma Cell Viability and May Enhance Radiosensitivity with Sustained Treatment

Barry Hedgespeth, North Carolina State University (Small Animal Internal Medicine) Association of Feline Tritrichomonas foetus Fecal PCR Results with Sample Collection Technique and Treatment History

Laura Rayhel, The Ohio State University (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Outcomes, Clinicopathologic and Histopathologic Characteristics of Feline Proteinuric Kidney Disease: 61 Cases

Lisa Edwards, University of California, Davis (Equine)
Phosphorylated Neurofilament Heavy Subunits as an Antemortem Biomarker in Equine Neurodegenerative Diseases

Mariya Pitel, Oregon State University (Equine)
Owner Supplementation Practices and Their Influence on Selenium and Vitamin E Status in Horses

Suzanne Clergue, University of California, Davis (Food Animal Internal Medicine) Impact of Conservation Methods On the Quality of Rumen Juice Before Transfaunation in Dairy Cattle

ACVIM Cardiology Research Abstract Award Winners

Meghan Allen, Oregon State University (Cardiology)
Hemodynamic, Echocardiographic, and Sedative Effects of Oral Gabapentin in Healthy Cats

Allison Gagnon,
Colorado State University (Cardiology)
Phase I Clinical Trial of an Antithrombotic Drug  Protocol Combining Apixaban and Clopidogrel in Dogs

ACVIM Early Career Clinical Oncology Research Abstract Award Winner

Catherine Chan, University of Missouri / Queensland Veterinary Specialists (Oncology) Phase I Dose Escalating Study of Oral Cyclophosphamide in Tumor-Bearing Cats

ECVN Congress ACVIM Resident Research Abstract Award Winner

Ashley Hechler, The Ohio State University (Neurology)
Mechanical Quantitative Sensory Testing in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with and without Syringomyelia

AVHTM Inaugural Best Resident Hematology Abstract Award Winner

Melissa Gettinger, Iowa State University (SAIM)
Retrospective Evaluation of Splenectomy in the Treatment of Canine Primary Immune Thrombocytopenia

Save the Date for 2020!


Mark your calendar for the 2020 ACVIM Forum in Baltimore, Maryland June 11-13 with the Specialty Symposium for ACVIM Diplomates and candidates on June 10. Convening in America’s sixth-largest city packs more excitement than ever. Through the years, Baltimore has been known by many nicknames, including Charm City, the City that Reads, the Monumental City, and the City that Believes, join us in 2020 to determine which nickname you feel best applies! Join us in Baltimore for 3 days dedicated to specialists in internal medicine. 

Registration will open in December 2019.

2020 Call for Speakers

The call for speakers for the 2020 ACVIM Forum is right around the corner. We are looking for cutting-edge session content specifically for veterinary specialists and technicians, scientific content you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to the most up-to-date science, we also are looking for sessions to address other attendee needs in the business, leadership, communications, health and well-being areas. Up to the challenge? Mark your calendars to submit your proposed session/s.  


Submissions Open: August 2019
Submission Deadline: September 16, 2019
Session Status Notifications: November 2019

Submissions Open: January 10, 2020
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020


Please check the ACVIM Forum website for additional details and plan accordingly.

2019 Conference Resources 

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Access to the 2019 Proceedings are 
available to attendees and ACVIM
Diplomates. Access Proceedings »

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CE Certificate while at the conference? 
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Survey Winners

A special thanks to everyone who completed the session and overall surveys. We take your feedback seriously and strive to make improvements every year. This year’s winners of the $100 Visa Gift Cards have been notified.

If you missed the survey but still would like to provide feedback please email forum@acvim.org

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