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Volunteering Opportunities

ACVS Diplomates are encouraged to volunteer for available positions on committees and other leadership groups, as well as for individual tasks. A summary of responsibilities for each opportunity follows. Full Protocols for each committee (except for the Examination Committee) can be obtained from the ACVS office. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate committee chair/leader to discuss the expectations of committee members. A number of committees have responsibilities just prior to or during the ACVS Surgery Summit. View future dates for the Surgery Summit.

Interested in Volunteering? Complete the online form The deadline to volunteer is 3/30/2018.

ACVS Foundation Trustee

Continuing Education Committee

Dual Certification Advisory Group

Examination Committee

Maintenance of Certification Committee

Nominating Committee

Public Outreach Committee

Research Committee

Residency Program Compliance Committee

Resident Credentialing Committee

Animal Health Topics Writer

dvm360 magazine Surgery STAT Article Writer

Scientific Abstract Reviewer

Residents’ Forum Discussants

Veterinary Surgery Editorial Review Board – a separate call will be sent out for Editorial Review Board volunteers.


ACVS Foundation Trustee

Responsibilities: The ACVS Foundation Board of Trustees supports the ACVS’s and the ACVS Foundation’s missions through programs such as publication development and dissemination, public relations, event planning (e.g., Silent Auction) and pursuit of funding opportunities. Must be willing to take primary responsibility for a Foundation program. Attendance for the entire length of the Surgery Summit is necessary for this position.

Board Meetings: One in the spring and one just prior to the Surgery Summit. Three conference calls per year.

Workload: Varies with year-round responsibilities.

Term of Service: 3 years

Positions Available in 2018: Two


Continuing Education Committee

Responsibilities: The CE Committee creates the ACVS Surgery Summit program and provides needed program material by deadlines set forth in the Surgery Summit Timeline for each meeting. The committee is composed of five subcommittees: Equine/Large Animal Program, Small Animal Program, Special Sessions, Laboratories, and Scientific Program. The Equine/Large Animal Program, Small Animal Program and Special Sessions Subcommittees select seminar topics and seminar chairs, review previous Summit evaluations, assist with the collection of Proceedings notes and other speaker documentation. The Laboratories Subcommittee works with potential laboratory chairs to collect all requirements to hold the laboratory, evaluates proposals, determines the final list of laboratories to be offered each year at the Summit, and assists onsite as needed with laboratories. The Scientific Program Subcommittee coordinates the submission, evaluation, scheduling, and onsite judging (for residents’ awards) of the scientific abstracts for each Summit.

Committee Meetings: Two meetings held during the annual Surgery Summit; one planning meeting held in the spring

Workload: Heavy. Year-round responsibilities. Workload and deadlines vary by subcommittee.

Term of Service: 3 years

Positions Available in 2018: Six: Equine/Large Animal Program Subcommittee (1 Large Animal), Small Animal Program Subcommittee (2 Small Animal), Scientific Program Subcommittee (1 Small Animal), Special Sessions Subcommittee (1), and Laboratory Subcommittee (1).


Dual Certification Advisory Group

Responsibilities: The Dual Certification Advisory Group serves as a resource to facilitate the process for Diplomates who desire to change their species of emphasis. The group is working to improve the structure of the process, develop resources, and to provide counsel to Diplomates.

Committee Meetings: Conference calls held periodically during the year; a meeting may be held at the Surgery Summit.

Workload: Light to moderate and variable during the year.

Term of Service: 3 years

Positions Available in 2018: One

Prerequisite: Advisory Group members must be practicing in an alternate species from their residency training.


Examination Committee

Responsibilities: The Examination Committee, working with an Examination Consultant, prepares, administers, and grades the Phase I and Phase II Examinations.

Committee Meetings: Three meetings per year: a summer workshop, a fall workshop just prior to the Surgery Summit, and the Phase II exam administration in February.

Workload: Heavy. Year-round responsibilities, busiest before each meeting.

Term of Service: 3+ years. Terms end following the administration of the Phase II examination in early February.

Positions Available in 2018: Two: one small animal, one large animal. Potential committee members should indicate orthopedic or soft tissue expertise on the volunteer form, as well as whether they work in academia or private practice.

Prerequisite: Committee members must have been an ACVS Diplomate for at least five years.


Maintenance of Certification Committee

Responsibilities: The Committee provides guidance to Diplomates concerning maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements; reviews and evaluates all Diplomate requests for approval of additional activities for MOC credit; conducts audits of Diplomate MOC records and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents for certification renewal; and makes recommendations to the Board for changes to the Approved Activities List. In addition, the committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Board regarding reinstatement of formerly board certified individuals and hardship extension requests.

Committee Meetings: Committee business is conducted primarily by conference call and email. Six or more conference calls per year.

Workload: Moderate. Diplomate additional activity requests are reviewed year-round. Annual audits will begin in November 2021.

Term of Service: 3 years. Terms begin August 1 and end July 31.

Positions Available in 2018: Two: one large animal, one small animal. A subset of the committee must have achieved certification in 2016 or later and be subject to maintenance of certification.


Nominating Committee

Responsibilities: The Nominating Committee invites and evaluates all nominations for candidates for each open elective position and all nominations for recipients of the ACVS awards. Nominations include President-Elect and two Regents. There are three awards that may be granted by ACVS each year.

Committee Meetings: No in-person meetings. At least one conference call is held during the year.

Workload: Moderate. The primary work of the committee is done between March and June.

Term of Service: 2 years

Positions Available in 2018: Two: one large animal, one small animal

Prerequisite: Committee members must have been an ACVS Diplomate for at least ten years.


Public Outreach Committee

Responsibilities: The Public Outreach Committee promotes the College with emphasis on the goal of increasing awareness of the value of ACVS Board-Certified Surgeons to others in the veterinary profession and to the public. The committee is responsible primarily for: 1) the Animal Health Topics articles posted on the ACVS website and on VetSpecialists.com; 2) the ACVS column, Surgery STAT, in DVM Newsmagazine; and 3) monitoring and maintaining the relevance of animal owner content on the ACVS website and on VetSpecialists.com. The committee solicits new Animal Health Topics and reviews a percentage of existing articles annually. Two committee members are assigned to manage the Animal Health Topics solicitation and review. One member is assigned to manage Surgery STAT.

Committee Meetings: One at the Surgery Summit, quarterly conference calls.

Workload: Moderate. Health Topic Articles are reviewed December–January. Surgery STAT articles are reviewed year-round. Health topics and case studies for VetSpecialists.com are reviewed year-round.

Term of Service: 3 years

Positions Available in 2018: Two: one large animal, one small animal.


Research Committee

Responsibilities: The Committee receives and evaluates all requests for ACVS Foundation funds for research projects and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding allocations of any such funds. There are currently three different grant programs. The Committee also evaluates resident-authored manuscripts published in Veterinary Surgery during the previous year and selects the recipients of the Outstanding Surgical Residents’ Awards.

Committee Meetings: One at the Surgery Summit. Three conference calls each year.

Workload: Moderate to heavy. Resident manuscripts are evaluated June–September. Grant Applications are reviewed November–January.

Term of Service: 3 years. One small animal member will be appointed for a two-year term.

Positions Available in 2018: Four: three small animal, one large animal


Residency Program Compliance Committee

Responsibilities: The committee reviews all residency program applications (initial and annual renewals) and makes recommendations for registration status to the Board of Regents; determines and monitors program compliance; places programs on probation or suspension for noncompliance; conducts site visits to evaluate program compliance as necessary; removes programs from probation or suspensions when compliance is reestablished; reports program status; conducts resident surveys; and makes recommendations for changes in program requirements to the Board in conjunction with the Resident Credentialing Committee.

Committee Meetings: One held just prior to the Surgery Summit, and 2-3 conference calls per year.

Workload: Heavy. Program registration applications are reviewed late August–November. Monitoring program compliance and review of programs on probation occur throughout the year.

Term of Service: 3 years. Terms end December 31 of the final year.

Positions Available in 2018: Five: one large animal, four small animal. A subset of the committee must have experience as either a Resident Advisor or Program Director. The committee also strives to have equal representation of private practice and academia. Potential committee members must include Program Director and/or Resident Advisor experience as well as employment setting on the volunteer form.

Prerequisite: Committee members must have been an ACVS Diplomate for at least five years.


Resident Credentialing Committee

Responsibilities: The committee evaluates Resident Training Logs, residency documentation, Credentials Applications, and Applications for Dual Certification. The committee provides support and guidance to residents, residency Program Directors, and Resident Advisors, according to standards and procedures adopted by the College. The Committee evaluates all applications for membership (credentials) in the College and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents. The committee makes recommendations for changes in program requirements to the Board in conjunction with the Residency Program Compliance Committee.

Committee Meetings: One held just prior to the Surgery Summit, at least one conference call per year.

Workload: Heavy. Resident logs are reviewed February–April; logs, credentials applications and applications for Dual Certification are reviewed August–October.

Term of Service: 4 years. Terms end December 31 of the final year.

Positions Available in 2018: Four: one large animal, three small animal


Animal Health Topics Writer

Responsibilities: One of the ways the Public Outreach Committee helps build the ACVS “brand” is by soliciting and reviewing articles for the Animal Health Topics section of the website. ACVS Diplomates and residents are encouraged to contribute articles. Each Animal Health Topic article should be directed toward the animal owning public who visit the site. Topics should include current, basic, and essential content. The style of writing should be understandable by animal owners with minimal veterinary medical knowledge. The liberal use of visuals (illustrations and digital images) is highly encouraged.


dvm360 magazine Surgery STAT Article Writer

Responsibilities: Surgery STAT is a collaborative column between ACVS and dvm360 magazine. Articles are written for the primary care practitioner with basic surgical experience and provide tips for preoperative preparation, surgical techniques, and postoperative care. As an example, an article might talk about “here’s how to avoid this possible complication” or “when you’re doing this, here’s something to remember that might make things easier.” Articles are typically 500-800 words in length.


Residents’ Forum Discussant

Responsibilities: One discussant will be assigned to each scientific abstract in the Small and Large Animal Residents’ Forums at the ACVS Surgery Summit. Discussants will be selected prior to the Surgery Summit and provided with the long abstract to review prior to the Forum. The role of the discussant is to initiate discussion of their assigned resident’s scientific abstract. Discussion should be thoughtful, professional, and respectful of the Resident’s work. Questions should include, but are not limited to, clarification or rationale for study design and methodology or results, clinical application of the work, and future directions. The questions posed should give the resident an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on the topic and highlight their thought process.

Committee Meetings: None. Must be able to attend the Surgery Summit for the year in which you are volunteering and attend the assigned Residents’ Forum presentation.

Workload: Light. Discussants must read the assigned long abstract and prepare 2-3 such questions for the discussion period.

Term of Service: 3 months

Positions Available in 2018: 30 (15 equine/large animal and 15 small animal). Indicate on the volunteer form particular areas of interest/expertise.


Scientific Abstract Reviewer

Responsibilities: Scientific abstract reviewers evaluate abstracts submitted for presentation at the ACVS Surgery Summit. There are 7 Scientific Subcommittees: Small Animal (SA) Residents’ Forum, Large Animal (LA) Residents’ Forum, Poster Session, SA Orthopedic, LA Orthopedic, SA General, and LA General. Additionally, the reviewers for the SA and LA Residents’ Forums and the Poster Session will serve as judges for the Outstanding Surgical Residents Awards during the Surgery Summit. Subcommittee chairs will present the awards, as well.

Committee Meetings: None. Attendance at the Residents’ Forum or Poster Session during the Surgery Summit is required for reviewers on those subcommittees.

Workload: Moderate workload with two-week turnaround time for the evaluation process, which begins May 2.

Term of Service: 1 year

Positions Available in 2018: 21 (3 members per committee)

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