A Note From ACVIM President

A Note From ACVIM President

News Room

October 2019

Dear Fellow ACVIM Diplomates,

Thank you for tuning in to another edition of our quarterly newsletter! As I mentioned in our last edition, our ACVIM CEO Search Committee had been hard at work interviewing candidates.   As we announced previously via email, ACVIM appointed Linda Fineman, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

We are thrilled that Dr. Fineman accepted.  She brings vast experience in leadership, learning and professional development to the ACVIM. She has been an oncology clinician in private practice for 17 years and has experience as a medical leader, a practice owner, and most recently as Vice President of Learning and Development at Ethos Veterinary Health.

Dr. Fineman has already built strong relationships with the ACVIM staff at the central office as well as with many ACVIM Diplomates through her volunteer work on a variety of committees, service on the ACVIM Foundation and the ACVIM Board of Regents. The Board and the staff are truly excited about the outstanding blend of experience, background, vision, and interpersonal skills that Dr. Fineman brings to this position. She will assume the role of ACVIM CEO just prior to the November 2019 Board of Regents meeting that will be held in Denver on November 7-8.

The Board of Regents, with input from the Nominating Committee, is in the process of appointing an active Diplomate with a deep commitment to the ACVIM to complete the remainder of Dr. Fineman's term as President-Elect. Should that appointed person be interested in continuing to serve on the Board of Regents as President the following year, they will be on the ballot for a vote in 2020.

Speaking of voting, voting is now open for the motion to support the petition to create a Specialty of Small Animal Nephrology and Urology under the ACVIM umbrella.

An electronic ballot was sent via email to all voting members on October 2 (Subject: Specialty of Small Animal Nephrology and Urology | Voting Now Open). Please check your email box and spam filter for this important email. If you did not receive it, please contact the ACVIM office at acvim@acvim.org to receive an email link to the ballot along with your unique ballot code.
As a reminder, the motion is "that the membership of the ACVIM vote to support the petition to create a Specialty of Small Animal Nephrology and Urology under the ACVIM umbrella."

To review the likely outcomes of the vote:

A positive (yes) vote means that the ACVIM Board of Regents will officially, on behalf of the membership, support the SANU Organizing Committee's petition to ABVS for provisional recognition as a new specialty and affirm that the specialty will be welcomed under the ACVIM's umbrella as a sixth specialty.  A yes vote does not assure either the SANU OC or the ACVIM that the petition will be approved by the ABVS; however, without a yes vote we can, with certainty, state that the ABVS will deny the petition.

A negative (no) vote indicates that the membership is not willing to support the SANU OC's petition and has instructed the Board to notify ABVS that the ACVIM membership is not willing to accept SANU as a sixth specialty under the ACVIM umbrella.  A no vote will not prevent the SANU OC from submitting their petition, but it would ensure that ABVS would not grant recognition as a specialty to the petitioners, at least as it is currently presented.
This is a very important issue.  You are encouraged to review the discussion and then to cast your vote for the outcome that you feel is in the best interest of the ACVIM. Voting will be open until 5:00 pm Mountain time on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

In closing, as reported in May, TAMU suspended all new affiliate member registrations for their generous library trial program. Since that time Beatrice (Interim-CEO & BOR Advisor) and Aileen (Director of Membership and Communications), along with members of the Membership & Communications committee, have been working with TAMU's MSL affiliate program lead to discuss possible options that would permit continuation of this service for the ACVIM members who do not otherwise have library access (primarily Diplomates in private practice).

We received an email informing us that effective October 1, 2019 TAMU has decided to end all affiliate memberships. It is our understanding that this is not specific to ACVIM, but rather a decision to terminate all affiliate memberships due to TAMU's limited resources to manage the breadth of the program. 

This service has been invaluable to many of our members, and we are actively researching alternative affiliate options. We will keep you informed as we learn more about what may be available.

As our fiscal year starts to wind down and we begin the planning for FY20 – you will soon be receiving your membership dues renewal.  You can renew online by logging in at:  https://www.acvim.org/Diplomates/Annual-Dues or you can wait to receive your ACVIM renewal notice by mail in the next few weeks.  Please remember to pay by January 15, 2020 to avoid a late fee.  If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact our membership department at acvim@acvim.org 

It is a pleasure to continue to serve as President of ACVIM, and I am looking forward to what 2020 will bring.

Laura Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
President, ACVIM