2021 ACVIM Forum

85+ live sessions delivered by expert speakers


230+ on demand sessions available to access anytime, anywhere

210+ ePosters displaying the latest research in the virtual gallery

Over 300 RACE-approved CE credits available to earn



Congratulations to the 2021 ACVIM Research Award Winners

2021 ACVIM Research Awards


Keynote Address by Jamie Metzl, PhD, JD

The live event kicked off on the morning of Wednesday, June 9 with a fascinating keynote address, “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Life,” delivered by renowned public speaker Dr. Jamie Metzl.

Sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition


Wednesday Networking Breaks

Attendees were able to choose from one of the five available activities during the networking break on June 9. Some traveled virtually to Lima, Paris or Rome, others unleashed their psychic potential with master mentalist and magician Michael Gutenplan or tuned in as The Second City brought the laughs with a personalized improv show.

Improv Comedy Show with The Second City

Master Mentalist and Magician Michael Gutenplan

Guided Virtual Tours of Lima, Paris or Rome

After Hours Events

After learning concluded on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, attendees were invited to join us for two live, interactive events. Competition was steep and prizes were awarded to first, second and third places during Trivia Night, and the Flying Ivories kept us entertained with a Dueling Pianos Show customized by audience requests! 

Trivia Night Sponsored by NVA Compassion-First

Dueling Pianos Show by the Flying Ivories

Connection with Fellow Attendees

There were plenty of ways for attendees to network and connect during the conference, whether on the Attendee Chat discussion board or in the dedicated Specialists Lounge, sponsored by VCA Animal Hospitals. We also invited attendees to get social with us by commenting on our daily social media posts during the live event. Each comment earned an attendee one entry into a $100 gift card drawing, which was awarded at the end of the event!

Connection with Exhibitors and Sponsors

Throughout the conference, attendees were encouraged to take advantage of dedicated visiting hours for the virtual Solutions Center and the Career Fair, a new area designed to facilitate connections between attendees and hiring companies. Some of the latest products and services were on display in the Product Showcase and sponsor giveaways, promotions and freebies were up for grabs on the Prizes and Giveaways page. The interactive Scavenger Hunt game gave attendees the opportunity to earn points by interacting with sponsor and exhibitor booths and completing specific actions on the virtual platform. Prizes for top competitors were awarded at the end of the conference.

Wellbeing Center

Attendees were welcome to take a break from learning and networking in the Wellbeing Center, sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Here, attendees could access six self-guided sessions designed to help pause and re-center.

Celebrating the 2021 ACVIM Award Winners

In lieu of the traditional Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, the ACVIM celebrated the winners of the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence, the ACVIM Lee and Inge Pyle Distinguished Service Award and the NEW Specialty Lifetime Achievement Award virtually.

2021 ACVIM Lee & Inge Pyle Service Award

Dr. Michelle Barton

Michelle Barton, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM) 


2021 ACVIM Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence

Dr. I.G. Joe Mayhew

Joe Mayhew, BVSc, DiplOVC, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, DACVIM (LAIM & Neurology), DECVN, MANZCVS


2021 ACVIM Specialty Lifetime Achievement Award: Neurology

Dr. de Lahunta

Alexander de Lahunta, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
2021 ACVIM Specialty Lifetime Achievement Award: Cardiology

Stephen Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM & Cardiology)


Welcome New Diplomates

In addition to celebrating the 2021 ACVIM Award Winners, we extended a warm virtual welcome to our new ACVIM Diplomates in the class of 2021. View the announcement here >>

The 2021 ACVIM Forum live event would not have been possible without the support of our  Industry Partners.

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