Dear Fellow ACVIM Diplomates,
I hope this email finds you and yours well during this challenging time. The Board of Regents and the ACVIM staff have been working tirelessly to adapt to the ever evolving circumstances we now face with COVID-19. Our college continues to advance initiatives in support of its members and the veterinary profession.
The Membership & Communications Committee (M&CC) is focusing on gathering resources to support our membership as we all learn to navigate the world during this pandemic. As a result they are researching options for providing peer reviewed content from infectious disease specialists to the pet owning population, with additional ideas in consideration, including supporting the efforts of the ACE and Forum committees providing various online learning opportunities. To support members immediately, a new Pandemic Response Discussion group on ACVIM360 has launched for engagement of all members. You can access it here: Pandemic Response Community, and must be logged in to participate.
As you are likely aware, the Board has been faced with some challenging decisions in recent days, highlighting the importance of your input in elections of Board members. If you haven’t done so already, please make your voice heard in the upcoming Board of Regents election. The deadline to vote has been extended to April 16, 2020. If you do not have your ballot code, or did not receive the email notifying members of the election extension, please email: ACVIM@ACVIM.org.
Finally, I hope you will consider lending your skills, experience and knowledge to the ACVIM by serving as a volunteer. ACVIM committees are seeking new volunteers to start terms beginning this summer. To apply, please complete a volunteer interest form by May 15, 2020.
On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to extend our continued well wishes to you, your family, co-workers and friends. Thank you for your continued participation and support of the ACVIM. We are in this together and together we will get through this.
Laura Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)