A Note From ACVIM President

A Note From ACVIM President

News Room

July 2019

Dear Fellow ACVIM Diplomates,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and help to lead our professional certifying and membership organization.  I am honored and grateful to serve as your President for the next year. 

I was thrilled to see many of you recently at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona for the 2019 ACVIM Forum. This year’s conference allowed us to see cutting-edge technology, obtain new medical knowledge, and collaborate with colleagues. For the first time, the ACVIM Forum had programming that provided attendees the opportunity to take a break from scientific programming and do something for their health and well-being.  The new Well-being Zone held sessions that highlighted skills for taking care of the mind, body and soul in the midst of a busy schedule. I, personally, left the conference with new ideas and perspectives to pursue in my work, and I hope that you did as well.  Thank you to everyone for their contributions to this conference. Our deep gratitude goes to our sponsors and exhibitors for their ongoing generosity. We were especially excited to see that we hosted over 3230 attendees this year!  Please go to the website to see full 2019 ACVIM Forum highlights

The momentum certainly doesn’t stop after Forum.  The ACVIM Board of Regents is working on many initiatives this year.  Here are just a few:

The search for a permanent CEO is underway 
Interviews have recently been completed and our goal is to announce who the new ACVIM CEO will be in the next few weeks!  The CEO Search Committee, chaired by Dr. Jane Armstrong and myself, will remain in place until a new CEO is officially appointed. The Board of Regents initiated this formal national search process by posting the CEO position through various channels on April 3, 2019. The final interviews took place at the ACVIM offices this month, and we will inform membership once an offer has been accepted.

ACVIM Awards, Fellowships & Grant Opportunities
In a continuing effort to make an impact on veterinary internal medicine, the ACVIM is pleased to announce it will again be offering over $400,000 in funding of grants and fellowships. 

The call for Resident Research Grants, in part sponsored by The Purina Institute, as well as Advanced Clinical and Advanced Research Fellowships opens Thursday, August 15, 2019. All submissions have a completion deadline of Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  We encourage enrolled ACVIM residents to consider these opportunities to become engaged in research to improve animal health.  For full information https://www.acvim.org/Awards-Grants/Fellowships_Grants   

The ACVIM Membership and Communications Committee
As of the Forum BOR meeting, a Membership and Communication Committee  (M&CC) was established; it is being chaired Dr. Cameon Ohmes.  As a membership organization, having a committee dedicated to members and addressing their needs on an ongoing basis is a strategic priority, as well as aligned with good governance practices. The Marketing and Communications Committee will be incorporated into the new M & C Committee, as will the Specialist in Private Practice (SPP) task force. Creation of this committee comes at an opportune time, coinciding with the addition of the Specialty in Private Practice at-large BOR position, held by Dr. Phoebe Smith.  The Membership and Communications Committee is responsible for both internal and external ACVIM communications, with a focus on improving engagement and communications with our membership.  It will be comprised of three subcommittees:  VetSpecialists.com Subcommittee, Private Practice Subcommittee, and Social Media and Media Relations Subcommittee.   

One of the tasks of the M&CC is to assist in lifting the suspension of the access to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Medical Science Library.  As you are aware, in April, the Director of the Medical Science Library (MSL) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) informed the ACVIM that they were suspending all new MSL Affiliate registrations for provision of information from journals, proceedings and books, reference assistance, and literature searching. This decision applies not only to the ACVIM, but to all of the groups TAMU MLS serves in the affiliate program.  The service was intended for veterinarians who do not have any other access to library services, i.e. primarily private practitioners.  The MSL affiliate program is an extraordinary service as it reaches beyond the mission of a state institution.  We are working closely with TAMU to lift this suspension and are optimistic that access will again be available to those who do not have access to library services through their university or employer. 

We wholehearted thank our many ACVIM volunteers! Over 30% of our members volunteer, with our committees and task forces contributing to the present and future of the ACVIM.  If you are interested in playing an active role in the ACVIM, there are a number of opportunities for you to join in, to strengthen our organization and advance our specialties. To learn how you can serve as a volunteer in the coming year, please visit https://www.acvim.org/Diplomates/Volunteering. I look forward to working with you!

In closing, let me say that I am proud to be a Diplomate of the ACVIM, an organization of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine. Thank you – ACVIM Diplomates – for the important work that you do.  I’m excited to serve as president for this valuable organization, and I’m sure my fellow board members feel the same about their appointments.  Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!

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