A Note From ACVIM President

A Note From ACVIM President

News Room

October 2018

Dear Fellow Diplomates, 

I recently had the honor of attending the ECVIM-CA Board meeting held in conjunction with the annual Congress in Rotterdam, September 6-8th. President-Elect Laura Garrett and I also sat in on the Annual General Meeting of the membership. The current ECVIM-CA President, Dr. Penny Watson, plans to attend our June 2019 Board of Regents (BOR) meeting. The goal of such exchanges is to foster communication and collaboration with our “sister” Colleges in Europe. 

I would like to use this newsletter to update you on some recent BOR decisions and ACVIM office activities. 

Membership Dues / Fiscal Year Change 
The ACVIM has historically operated on a fiscal year ending September 30th. The revised Constitution and By-Laws approved in August require a change to calendar-year financial reporting, effective January 1, 2019. To accommodate the change, the ACVIM will have an abbreviated 2018 fiscal year from October 1 to December 31. Billing for membership dues will move to a calendar-year cycle beginning with the 2019 dues payments. To accommodate the abbreviated 2018 fiscal year (October to December), the next membership invoice you receive (quite soon) will be for 15 months of dues, so the amount due will be proportionately higher. Towards the end of 2019, when you receive your invoice for 2020 dues, it will be back to the usual 12-month invoice. Please bear with us as we make this change. You may pay your dues by logging onto  the website at: http://www.acvim.org/Diplomates/Annual-Dues

Three Open Board Positions 
Another result of our Constitutional revisions is the creation of a new At-Large Board position to be filled by a Diplomate in private practice in any specialty. That means there are three open positions for the Board next year: President Elect, Small Animal At-Large Member and Private Practice At-Large Member. Please refer to the email you received on September 13th from Jean Hall, Chair of the ACVIM Nominating Committee, for position descriptions. Any active ACVIM Diplomate may submit a nomination, and please consider self-nomination if you have interest in serving on the Board. Nominations close on October 5th. http://www.acvim.org/Diplomates/Resources/Board-Position-Descriptions 

Proposed Policy on Telemedicine – Update 
In March, the ACVIM sent a letter to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) requesting changes in their proposed telemedicine policy. The Veterinary Specialty Organization Committee (VSOC) that represents all specialty colleges also contacted the AVMA requesting changes to the proposed policy similar to those advocated by the ACVIM and other specialty colleges. The AAVSB has acknowledged these concerns, however a revised policy has not yet been made available for review. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

Strategic Planning 
The ACVIM BOR recently voted to undertake a strategic planning update process. I use the word "update" because our most recent strategic plan was rolled out only two years ago. That plan was tactical in nature. The goal is that the updated plan will incorporate new ACVIM strategic initiatives, allowing for better alignment and efficient use of resources, and guide all decisions made by the BOR and our CEO, Veronica Muñoz, and her staff team. This update will be lead by Davidoff Strategy Consultants. You will receive a Diplomate survey and I urge you strongly to participate in that survey as it will inform the overall strategic planning process. The strategic planning committee includes Ruthanne Chun, Specialty President-Elect (Oncology); Bill Fenner, Professional Liaison/Industry (Neurology); Laura Garrett, President-Elect (Oncology); Allen Roussel, Treasurer, Academia (LAIM); Bill Tyrrell, Private Practice (Cardiology); Colleen Tansey-Baldwin, Private Practice (Oncology);  and myself. 

In Summer of 2019, ACVIM will be launching completely redesigned websites for both ACVIM.org and VetSpecialists.com. We are all aware that user experience is paramount for satisfaction with any website. The VetSpecialists.com website is targeted at pet owners. Enhancements will enable users to easily identify and contact a board-certified specialist that meets their animal care or professional needs. Tired of being met on ACVIM login page with “ACVIM is changing the way we ask for and use your personal information”? The newly redesigned ACVIM website will incorporate an updated design, many enhanced features, upgraded tools and a vastly improved user experience. Stay tuned! 

Growing Needs 

As the ACVIM continues to expand its initiatives, we need to accommodate growth in staff numbers. The Denver office is going through a remodel. Staff will still be available for your membership needs during normal business hours during remodeling. We look forward to sharing pictures of the remodel when completed. 

Resident Grant Opportunity 

Applications for ACVIM Fellowships in Advanced Clinical or Advanced Research Training closed for this year on September 15th, but the first-ever call for ACVIM Resident Research Grants is open until October 15th. If you are mentoring a resident, this grant program can provide up to $10,000 to support a resident research project. 

Annual Awards Open for Nominations 

The ACVIM gives two awards annually to ACVIM Diplomates. The Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence recognizes outstanding professional achievements and dedicated service. The Lee and Inge Pyle Service Award (newly named in 2017) is given in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service in a volunteer capacity to the ACVIM. I encourage you to nominate a deserving Diplomate for either award. Nominations are due on December 15. http://www.acvim.org/Diplomates/Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards 

Last month, the Board of Regents approved a Lifetime Achievement Award in each Specialty, nominated and selected up to annually. Many professional organizations offer such honors, and we are pleased that ACVIM will now do the same. The call for nominations will come from the President of your Specialty, so please watch for this announcement. 

As we move forward with the implementation of all these initiatives listed above, I want to be sure to say “thank you” to all those who have helped make this possible.


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