A Note From ACVIM President

A Note From ACVIM President

News Room

April 2019

Dear Fellow ACVIM Diplomates,

As we head into spring and the 2019 ACVIM Forum approaches, I wanted to update you on some College activities. 

CEO Search: I trust you saw my email last week updating you on the CEO search. If not, please note that the job posting was posted electronically on April 3rd to a number of sites, including the ACVIM Job board: https://jobs.acvim.org/job/chief-executive-officer/47693294/. Application review will begin May 1st. 

The search committee is asking that you think about individuals you would like to see in the CEO candidate pool. Please bring the posting to the attention of any individual whom you consider to be a well-qualified candidate, or nominate him/her by contacting Dr. Beatrice Meyer at Beatrice@acvim.org. Beatrice, as Interim CEO, is doing an excellent job of keeping ACVIM operations functioning well and moving initiatives forward, including assisting the committee with the search. Huge thanks to her! 

Grants: The Spring RFP for the ACVIM Resident Research Grants, with additional funding sponsored by the Purina Institute closed on March 15th. Successful proposals will be announced in May. Going forward, RFPs will occur twice a year; in the spring and fall.  

ACVIM Forum: The 2019 ACVIM Forum is less than 2 months away! There is still time to register if you have not done so already. New this year, the ACVIM Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon have been separated. Please resist the temptation to sleep in on Specialty Day! Instead, join me and other members of the Board of Regents on Wednesday at our Welcome Breakfast & ACVIM Business Meeting to hear current developments and reports from the Board, such as the plan to separate the College into a credentialing Board and a membership College. Another topic for discussion is the proposal from our nephrology colleagues to form a sixth Specialty under the ACVIM umbrella. On Friday, please attend the ACVIM Awards Ceremony and Luncheon to celebrate ACVIM Diplomates who are leaders in our organization and profession. 

Also new this year is The Well-being Zone, located in the Solutions Center [Exhibit Hall]. Take a short mental break, and learn new skills for self-care in the midst of a busy schedule. This fits well with the theme of the opening keynote address on Thursday, June 6 when Heidi Hanna, BA, PhD will speak on "Recharge Your Brain and Your Practice: Practical Tools to Boost Energy, Health, and Performance." Dr. Hanna will share research-driven, guiding principles for optimizing brain health and fitness. She will discuss topics such as non-conscious bias, the difference between reaction and response, the power of perspective, and how to automate self-care strategies. Don’t miss it! 

As was introduced last year, the ACVIM Forum will be providing Research Abstract ePosters onDemand. Gone are the rows of physical posters! You will now be able to see all the research posters on the conference website or mobile app, before, during and after the conference. Don’t miss your opportunity to network with ePoster authors during the conference ePoster Q&A sessions. All poster authors have 15 minutes of scheduled time to answer questions and discuss their research, make sure to check your onsite program or mobile app for schedules. 

ACVIM360 Migration: The ACVIM’s Online Community (ACVIM360) will be replaced with a new platform hosted by Higher Logic. Please note that for two days, May 1st and May 2nd, when we migrate to this new platform, all the ACVIM360 communities will be down. The new Online Community's interface improves access to e-conversation histories and avoids many of the listserv issues we have encountered with ACVIM360. The new interface is more intuitive, easier to navigate, and offers an easy-to use membership directory with advanced search capabilities. 

Governance: Although many of you will not find this topic exciting, we all recognize that good governance is essential for the ACVIM. As Goal 3 in our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, this year we have moved towards “effective College governance for member satisfaction and volunteer engagement” in several meaningful ways. We have created a position called the Board Governance Liaison; we are doing a trial with the position being part of the duties of the Immediate Past Chair of the Board, currently Dr. Ellen Behrend. Amongst other responsibilities, the BOR Governance Liaison will ensure that newly elected officers receive a structured orientation, Board members receive ongoing governance training, and all committees and task forces have clear mandates and roles.  We have added a Governance Specialist to the ACVIM Staff, Tiffany Plageman, CVT. Tiffany is dedicated to improving the volunteer management process, serves as the main liaison for the Specialty Presidents, and work closely with the Board on governance matters. This year we also welcome a new At-Large Member to the Board, that of the At-Large Private Practice member, with Dr. Phoebe Smith having been elected by the membership. 

Finally, on behalf of the Board of Regents and ACVIM staff, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who served on committees during the past year. The work of the ACVIM would not be possible without you! 

With very best wishes,

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