History of the ACVIM

1973: ACVIM received probationary approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The ACVIM's Constitution and Bylaws were approved during the AVMA convention in Philadelphia that same year. Full recognition of ACVIM by the AVMA was achieved in 1980.

1981: A central office was established in Blacksburg, Virginia, to manage the rapid growth of ACVIM. From the outset, ACVIM adopted an "umbrella principle" to accommodate various specialty groups including Cardiology, Neurology, Internal Medicine and Dermatology.

1982: The dermatology group withdrew from ACVIM and established the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

1983: The First Annual Veterinary Medical Forum was held in New Orleans. The ACVIM Forum has evolved into one of the veterinary profession's premier continuing education events.

1987: ACVIM published the inaugural issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM). Published as a bi-monthly, print journal through 2014, JVIM will become an online, open access journal as of January 1, 2015.

1988: Following approval by the AVMA, Medical Oncology was added to the ACVIM.

1993: The office moved to Lakewood, Colorado.

2002: The Internal Medicine specialty was split into two more specific groups; Large Animal Internal Medicine and Small Animal Internal Medicine.

2010: ACVIM added Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) courses to provide CE credits and training at a level appropriate for Diplomates and Candidates.

2015: JVIM becomes online, open access journal elevating communication and discussion of the latest developments in large and small animal specialties.

2016: The Board of Regents approved a motion to dissolve the ACVIM Foundation. Introducing a newly improved plan to align the Foundation's mission of supporting vital education and scientific research and improve Residency Training and the Certification process.

2019: The ACVIM hires Dr. Linda Fineman as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Fineman brings more than 17 years of veterinary specialty experience to the ACVIM.

2021: ACVIM expands with the addition of nutrition as the sixth specialty.

2022: Linda Fineman, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), announces retirement from the ACVIM, Shannon Carter to assume CEO role.

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