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Dear Fellow ACVIM Diplomates,
It is hard to believe more than half of the year has already passed! With the warmer temperatures summer brings, I hope this message finds you and yours well. As the incoming President of the Board of Regents, I am excited to be the voice and advocate for our membership in the year ahead.
I would like to begin by taking a moment to acknowledge the injustices we have witnessed in recent months. On behalf of the ACVIM and Board of Regents, I want to reaffirm our commitment to inclusiveness.
We recognize our responsibility to take a position of leadership on equality within the specialty veterinarian profession. We are dedicated to maintaining a community of inclusiveness that respects the diverse backgrounds and values of our members, candidates, staff and partners in all activities. You can find a thorough definition outlined in the ACVIM Statement of Inclusiveness and Non Discrimination Policy.
In other news, the Board of Regents successfully held its semi-annual meeting virtually in June. We covered a lot of ground and I would like to highlight some of the key takeaway’s that may be important to you.
In conclusion, I would like to personally express my gratitude to those who support the ACVIM through immeasurable hours of volunteer service. We could not advance the ACVIM mission or specialty veterinary medicine without each of your efforts.
I wish you all a healthy, enjoyable summer.
Harold McKenzie, DVM, MS, MSc (VetEd), FHEA, DACVIM (LAIM)