The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine.
As a not-for-profit organization, the ACVIM promotes and fosters scientific and professional activities that lead to better care for both animals and humans through:
Education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine (ACVIM Diplomates)
Discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge
Increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care
In 1973, the ACVIM received probationary approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The ACVIM's Constitution and Bylaws were approved during the AVMA convention in Philadelphia that same year. Full recognition of the ACVIM by the AVMA was achieved in 1980. The ACVIM is overseen by a Board of Regents.
In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, Board-certified Veterinary Specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional three to five years training). In addition to this extensive training, a Board-certified Veterinary Specialist must pass rigorous examinations to achieve Board-certification from the ACVIM. The ACVIM specialists bring a greater understanding in the area of internal medicine, cardiology, oncology or neurology and have a greater knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare in both large and small animals.
Cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart and lungs. Learn More.
Large Animal Internists focus on treating diseases of the internal systems in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Learn More.
Neurologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Learn More.
Oncologists focus on diagnosing and managing cancer, no matter the location of the tumor. Learn More.
Small Animal Internists focus on treating diseases of the internal systems in dogs and cats. Where the diagnosis is known, an Internist may confirm the diagnosis and treatment, providing peace of mind. If a diagnosis is proving elusive or therapy is not proving effective, the Internist may be better able to find the diagnosis or adjust treatment plans to get the animal back to health. Learn More.
The ACVIM encourages animal owners to obtain a referral from their family veterinarian whenever possible. This ensures the proper transfer of medical information and is beneficial to the animal and the Veterinary Specialist and will help your companion receive the best care possible. Animal owners should request a referral when:
The animal's disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
They would like an informed, neutral second opinion on your animal's condition.
The outcomes of the current treatments are not going well or as expected.
The animal requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
The animal can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital.
If you believe your animal would benefit from a visit to a Board-certified Veterinary Specialist, you are encouraged to work with your family veterinarian to complete a referral. You may also search our online database for a Specialist in your area.
The ACVIM has more than 3,800 active members, called ACVIM Diplomates, who are Board-certified in one or more of five specialties. The ACVIM Diplomates treat many different species, ranging from dogs and cats to horses and cattle.
As an ACVIM member Diplomate, you're part of a group of dedicated veterinary specialists who seek the best in continuing education, play a key role in setting standards for the highest quality internal medicine education and provide expertise through volunteerism. Through access to other specialists in your field, continuing education, volunteer and leadership opportunities and much more, participating in the ACVIM means being a leader in specialty medicine. Learn More.
It's is never too early to begin volunteering with the ACVIM. We need your voice! Consider how you can lend your experience to help the ACVIM continue to fulfill its mission. There are many opportunities to volunteer and advance the veterinary specialty profession. Learn More.
The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM) is an online, open access format. Articles submitted to the JVIM which are accepted for publication benefit from this open access model, taking readership to a global audience. All JVIM articles published from 1997 through present are immediately free to read, download and share. Access the JVIM.
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Where can I find Research Abstracts (current and past years)?
Research Abstracts are published in the ACVIM Forum Proceedings and in the JVIM. For Research Abstracts published in the JVIM, go to the JVIM Online website.
Where can I find Research Reports?
Research Reports are published in the ACVIM Forum Proceedings and in the JVIM from 2014 onwards. For Research Reports published in the JVIM, go to the JVIM Online website.
What is the word length requirement for submission of Research Abstracts?
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How do I get a certificate for being a Research Abstract presenter?
We do not provide certificates for abstract presenters. We will create a letter explaining that your abstract was accepted and presented at the ACVIM Forum. Please contact us if you want this letter.
How can I access ACVIM Forum Proceedings?
Online Proceedings from 2002 through the current year are located on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) website. For more information contact VIN at (800) 700-4636 (M-F 8:00 am-5:00 pm PT) or email VIN.
ACVIM Diplomate online access: Contact VIN to request a login ID and password.
ACVIM Forum attendee online access: You can only access the year you attended the ACVIM Forum. Contact VIN to request login ID and password for year you attended.
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You can print or copy the notes/research abstracts/research reports, or pass them along. You can not use them for commercial purposes without the consent of the author, or in the case of the research reports or research abstracts, permission from the publisher.
In September of 2020, we asked members to share their thoughts regarding the 2021 ACVIM Forum in Louisville, KY. We considered member feedback about the uncertainty surrounding the safety and ease of travel and large gatherings next year as well as other factors and are excited to announce the 2021 ACVIM Forum will be virtual.
The ACVIM is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and most relevant content during this time of uncertainty and believe in our obligation to lead through practicing behaviors that prioritize the health of our community. The virtual 2021 ACVIM Forum will be live June 9-12 and available on demand for 3 months.
While we all miss the opportunities for face-to-face connections, we are confident that when we meet again in-person, the ACVIM Forum will be even more robust, featuring in-person presentations alongside virtual offerings. The expertise gained from the quick transition in 2020 and the broader experiences we plan for the 2021 ACVIM Forum will set us up for long-term success in providing the educational content you want, wherever you are and with access to even more sessions than before.
The virtual 2021 ACVIM Forum will be a blend of live-streamed, simulive (pre-recorded with interactive components, including Q&A) and on demand sessions June 9-12, 2021 and available on demand for 3 months following the live event.
You will see the same high-caliber sessions you expect from an in-person ACVIM Forum. With RACE-approved CE and new research available, we will bring you a wide variety of specialty program and technician tracks. Additionally, the Virtual Solutions Center will offer the latest industry products and services.
Live sessions will be delivered through 2 different delivery methods. A few key sessions and panel discussions will be delivered through a live broadcast feed in real-time. Lecture-based sessions will primarily be delivered in a simulive (or simulated live) format that also qualifies for live RACE CE credits. These sessions will be a blend of pre-recorded speaker lectures delivered at a set time and followed by a live Q&A or discussion with the speaker. During the session presentation, the speaker will be actively monitoring the chat feature answering questions from the audience. The simulive delivery helps preserve the attendee experience should a speaker experience a technical difficulty and with the speaker monitoring the chat during the session that would not be accommodated during a real-time delivery.
Session programming with start soon. You will see the same high-caliber sessions you expect form an in-person ACVIM Forum. With RACE-approved CE and new research available, we will bring you a wide variety of specialty program and technician tracks. Refer to ACVIMForum.org to get the latest on programming or sign up to be a 2021 ACVIM Forum Insider here.
Session programming will start soon. Keep an eye out for the call for research abstracts in January and check the speaker page for on additional scientific content needed. All 2020 speakers will be communicated with as planning efforts re-start.
Our virtual environment will offer the opportunity for our exhibitor and sponsor partners to provide the latest in innovative products and services to attendees. To learn more about exhibit and sponsor opportunities visit our webpage here.
The ACVIM Forum team is actively working to identify the best virtual platform to optimize our program in a virtual environment. Once the ACVIM has a platform chosen, all participants will receive communications with system requirements to access the virtual event.
Congratulations on your accomplishment and we are disappointed not to share in this achievement in person. We are still in the process of developing our plan on how to recognize this accomplishment and will be in touch with more details. Please reach out to Membership@ACVIM.org if you have any additional questions.
All ACVIM committees will continue to meet as business needs warrant and committee leaders will work with their staff liaisons to ensure committees are enabled to continue to effectively meet their objectives.
The 2021 exams will be administered electronically (computer-based testing) using remote proctoring software. Using an electronic administration platform, coupled with Advanced Automated Remote Proctoring, will allow candidates to take their exams in a secure location of their choosing without the need for travel or relying on available facilities or in-person proctors. The LAIM Specialty exam is scheduled for January 14-15, 2021, General exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2021 and the Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty exams are scheduled for June 6-7, 2021.
In the months leading up to each exam, ACVIM will communicate with confirmed 2021 exam registrants to approve their testing location and provide additional information about administration including, practice test instructions, security and confidentiality agreements, system compatibility requirements, remote proctoring identification verification process, invitation to a virtual Exam Q&A session and detailed instructions for exam administration day.
The dates of the 2021 ACVIM Forum, June 9-12, were established years in advance due to convention center and hotel availability for large scale conferences. We began publishing those dates during the 2020 ACVIM Forum asking attendees to save the dates. We received notification of the date change for VMX, June 5-9, the day NAVC made their public announcement. We have been in contact with VMX and will work to minimize the impact for our members scheduled to present at VMX. The ACVIM Forum is still the only specialty-focused veterinary event held in the summer.
Meeting rooms at the Viticus Center are flexible in size to accommodate large and small groups, and include a state-of-the-art surgery suite for hands-on labs. Easy access to Las Vegas from most airports and reasonable airfares make it an attractive destination for travelers all over the nation, especially during the winter months. Protocols for hands-on labs are reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Control and Use Committee (IACUC) under regulations set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture at the Viticus Center. The ACVIM’s Animal Use Policy is strictly enforced at the facility.
Be sure to check the individual course information when you register for cancellation deadlines. If you must cancel your registration, you will need to notify the ACVIM at 800.245.9081 or Learning@ACVIM.org. No refunds will be given if you cancel your registration after the deadline set forth during the registration process. If ACVIM cancels a course for any unforeseen reason, you will be notified immediately via email and will receive a full refund of your registration.
In Person Courses: Individual travel expenses incurred by you for the course will not be reimbursed should the ACVIM cancel the course.
The LAIM Specialty exam is scheduled for January 14-15, 2021, General exam is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2021 and the Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and SAIM Specialty exams are scheduled for June 6-7, 2021.
The 2021 exams will be administered electronically (computer-based testing) using remote proctoring software. Using an electronic administration platform, coupled with remote proctoring, will allow candidates to take their exams in a secure location of their choosing without the need for travel or relying on available facilities or in-person proctors.
The ACVIM will utilize an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software program that emulates the role of an on-site proctor. An additional software program used in conjunction will confirm the identity of the test-taker and safeguarding the integrity of the exam. Details about electronic test administration and the remote proctoring process will be shared with candidates as soon as it is available.
Candidates who were scheduled to take the General exam in 2020 may take both exams in 2021 (provided registration by the posted deadline), or take one exam in 2021 and then take the other one the following year in 2022.
Shortly after cancellation, all June 2020 registrants were offered the choice to carry their fee(s) over to the 2021 exam, or to receive a refund. All fees have now been either refunded or rolled over in accordance with individual candidate’s wishes.
No further action is required of candidates who registered and paid for ANY June 2020 exam, if they opted to roll the fee over to 2021. Candidates who chose to carry the fee over are now registered for the 2021 exam sections they were registered for in 2020 and no additional paperwork or documentation is required.
Candidates who received a refund for the June 2020 exam must register for 2021 exam(s) and pay the fee(s) if they wish to sit the 2021 exam. These candidates are NOT required to re-submit applicable paperwork.
Any dictionary or accommodation requests submitted for the June2020 examinations will be honored for the 2021 examinations. This is true for all candidates who submitted requests for 2020 exams, regardless of what they chose to do with the registration fee(s).
Payment of fees and formal submission of credentials documentation is required one time during the Board-certification process, provided the candidate’s credentials were approved or conditionally approved. If the candidate’s credentials were rejected, a second submission and fee is required during the formal credentials submission period.
Candidates who received a conditional approval are required to submit documentation of any deficiencies identified on the original submission prior to Board-certification, but no further credentials action is required for 2021 Specialty exam eligibility.
No. The Board of Regents authorized the use of examinations and literature created for the 2020 Forum examinations as the examinations and literature to be used in the 2021 administration. As such, the required reading list(s) and literature will remain unchanged. Papers and literature relevant to the 2021 exam are through December 2019.
(The LAIM Specialty Examinations are exempted from this action, as they were not scheduled to be administered at the 2020 Forum).
In February 2011, the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) mandated that all veterinary specialty organizations implement a MOC program. The MOC requirement is necessary in order for the ACVIM to be in compliance with the ABVS requirement for re-certification, and because MOC is important to ensure public trust in the ACVIM certification process
In 2012, a MOC Task Force took the lead in developing a program that worked best for ACVIM. Over the course of four years, many other committees and focus groups were consulted on the process and setup of the program.
Potentially, when an activity is submitted that is not present on the template or a pre-approval list, it will be sent to the Specialty Maintenance of Credentials Committee (SMOCC) for review. These submissions may be approved or denied at the discretion of the SMOCC.
You are required to earn 75 points every 10 years, until you no longer wish to be considered an active ACVIM Diplomate; you will also receive a new, time-stamped Diplomate Certificate, and expire at the end of each 10-year re-certification period.
Any Diplomate Board-certified prior to January 1, 2016 may voluntarily participate in the MOC program. Please contact certification@ACVIM.org for additional information and guidance through this process.
There are several implications to losing Diplomate status, including; 1) you will no longer be able to be involved, at any level, in a Residency Training Program; 2) you will not be eligible for Diplomate pricing at the Annual ACVIM Forum or AVCIM Continuing Education events; 3) you will be removed from all applicable ACVIM 360 Communities (listserve); 4) you will be ineligible to volunteer for any committees; 5) you can no longer represent yourself as a Board-certified specialist; 6) you will no longer be listed on Vetspecialists.com search tool for animal owners.
Extensions may be approved if deemed appropriate by the SMOCC. MOC participants who apply for an extension will be required to provide documented proof that an extension is warranted. If an extension is sought for greater than one year, ACVIM disability must be applied for and granted. To pursue any of these options please contact certification@ACVIM.org for additional information and guidance through the request process.
If a SMOCC has made the decision to reject an activity submission, you may appeal that decision as defined in section 4.I.1 of the Certification Manual within 30 calendar days of receipt of the decision being appealed.
“R” stands for Rejected meaning the activity submission did not meet the requirements or insufficient documentation was provided; “A” stands for Approved meaning the activity submission has been included in your count of total points: “H” stands for Hold meaning that the activity submission did not fall into any of the pre-approved categories and is being reviewed by the SMOCC.
Completed activities that meet all of the criteria listed in the Template of Activities are approved. Completed activities that are not listed or do not meet the criteria of the template will be reviewed by the appropriate SMOCC.
Yes, those participating in the program may also serve on the committee. If there are instances of conflict of interest, the committee member will need to recuse themself of review of their own activity/document submission for non-pre-approved documents.
All items that do not fall into any of the pre-approved categories are reviewed on a quarterly basis; January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st. The SMOCC has one month to review the submissions and your transcript will be updated accordingly once review is complete.