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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline to volunteer is May 2, 2022. To indicate your preference in volunteering, complete the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FORM.

Animal Health Topics Writer  

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

Continuing Education Committee 

The next call for volunteers for the Continuing Education Committee will be issued in December 2022.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

ACVS will issue a separate call for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee volunteers in April. If you are interested in serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee but also would like to be considered for other committees, please note that in the experience box on the volunteer opportunities form.

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 provides counsel to Diplomates interested in dual certification and manages resources to assist Diplomates in their efforts.
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: Three years. Terms begin November 1 and end October 31. 
Positions Available in 2022: One
Prerequisite: Dual Certification Advisory Group members must be practicing in an alternate species from their residency training.

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.

Examination Committee 

The next call for volunteers for the Examination Committee will be issued in December 2022.

Maintenance of Certification Committee

Responsibilities: The Maintenance of Certification 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 (BOR) for certification renewal and for changes to the Approved Activities List. In addition, the committee reviews and makes recommendations to the BOR regarding reinstatement of formerly board-certified individuals and hardship extension requests.
Committee Meetings: Committee business is conducted primarily by conference calls and email, with 10 or more conference calls per year.
Workload: Moderate. Diplomate additional activity requests are reviewed year-round. Workload is heaviest during the annual audit, which takes place November–December. 
Term of Service: Three years. Terms begin August 1 and end July 31.
Positions Available in 2022: Two: one large animal, one small animal. All Diplomates are eligible. A subset of the committee must have achieved certification in 2016 or later and be subject to maintenance of certification. 
Prerequisite: None

Nominating Committee 

Responsibilities: The Nominating Committee invites and evaluates nominations for president-elect and two regents and nominations for recipients of three ACVS and one ACVS Foundation premier awards. 
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: Two years. Terms begin November 1 and end October 31. 
Positions Available in 2022: Two: one large animal, one small animal
Prerequisite: Committee members must have been an ACVS Diplomate for at least 10 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) writing and reviewing the Animal Health Topics articles posted on the ACVS website; 2) writing and reviewing the ACVS column, Surgery STAT, in dvm360 magazine; 3) monitoring and maintaining the relevance of animal owner content on the ACVS website; 4) editing and making use of videos from the annual video contest, and 5) promoting Public Outreach Committee efforts using social media. Two committee members are assigned to manage the Animal Health Topics solicitation and review. One member is assigned to manage Surgery STAT solicitation and review.
Committee Meetings: Annual meeting held during the Surgery Summit and quarterly conference calls.
Workload: Moderate. Animal Health Topics articles are reviewed December–January. Surgery STAT articles are reviewed year-round. 
Term of Service: Three years. Terms begin November 1 and end October 31. 
Positions Available in 2022: Two: one large animal, one small animal
Prerequisite: None

Research Committee

Responsibilities: The Research Committee evaluates ACVS Foundation Surgeon-In-Training and Diplomate Clinical Research grant proposals and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents for fund allocations. The committee also selects recipients of the Outstanding Surgery Residents’ Awards for resident-authored manuscripts published in Veterinary Surgery
Committee Meetings: Annual meeting held during the Surgery Summit and three conference calls per year.
Workload: Moderate to heavy. Grant proposals are reviewed January–March. Resident manuscripts are evaluated June–September.
Term of Service: Three years. Terms begin November 1 and end October 31. 
Positions Available in 2022: Four: three small animal, one large animal
Prerequisite: None

Residency Program Compliance Committee

Responsibilities: The Residency Program Compliance 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; and makes recommendations for changes in program requirements to the Board of Regents in conjunction with the Resident Credentialing Committee.
Committee Meetings: One held just prior to the Surgery Summit with two or three conference calls per year. Additional committee business is handled by email.
Workload: Heavy. Program registration applications are reviewed late August–November. Monitoring program compliance and reviewing programs on probation occur throughout the year.
Term of Service: Three years. Terms begin November 1 and end December 31.
Positions Available in 2022: Four: two large animal, two 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, and employment experience (academia, private practice) on the volunteer opportunities form.
Prerequisite: Committee members must have been an ACVS Diplomate for at least five years.

Resident Credentialing Committee

Responsibilities: The Resident Credentialing 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 and at least one conference call per year.
Workload: Heavy. Resident logs are reviewed February–April; resident logs, credentials applications, and applications for Dual Certification are reviewed August–October.
Term of Service: Four years. Terms begin November 1 and end December 31.
Positions Available in 2022: Five: two large animal, three small animal
Prerequisite: None

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 Forums. 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 assigned Residents’ Forum presentation at the Surgery Summit.
Workload: Light. Discussants must read the assigned long abstract and prepare 2-3 questions for the discussion period.
Term of Service: Three months
Positions Available in 2022: 20 (10 equine/large animal and 10 small animal). Indicate on the volunteer opportunities form particular areas of interest/expertise. 
Prerequisite: None

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 Surgery Residents' Awards during the Surgery Summit. Subcommittee chairs will present the awards.
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. Abstract reviewers will review and score all abstracts between May 2-16, 2022. 
Term of Service: 1 year; Abstract reviewers will be notified in April 2022.
Positions Available in 2022: 21 (three members per subcommittee)
Prerequisite: None

Veterinary Surgery Editorial Review Board   

ACVS issued a separate call for Veterinary Surgery Editorial Review Board volunteers in March. The deadline to respond was April 15, 2022.