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Volunteering Opportunities

Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. The deadline to volunteer is April 10, 2020.

To indicate your preference in volunteering, complete the volunteer opportunities form.

 

Veterinary Surgery Editorial Review Board (separate form, deadline April 6)


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. Terms begin upon the close of the Surgery Summit.
Positions Available in 2020: Two
Prerequisite: Advisory Group members must be practicing in an alternate species from their residency training.

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 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 2020: 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. Terms begin upon the close of the Surgery Summit.
Positions Available in 2020: 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; 2) the ACVS column, Surgery STAT, in dvm360 magazine; and 3) monitoring and maintaining the relevance of animal owner content on the ACVS website. The committee writes new articles for 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.
Term of Service: 3 years. Terms begin upon the close of the Surgery Summit. 
Positions Available in 2020: Two: one large animal, one small animal

Research Committee

Responsibilities: The Research 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 Surgery 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 January–March.
Term of Service: 3 years. One small animal member will be appointed for a two-year term. Terms begin upon the close of the Surgery Summit. 
Positions Available in 2020: Two: one small animal, one large animal

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, and 2-3 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 review of programs on probation occur throughout the year.
Term of Service: 3 years. Terms begin upon the close of the Surgery Summit and end December 31.
Positions Available in 2020: 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 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 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, 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, one additional large animal position for 3 years. Terms begin upon the close of the Surgery Summit and end December 31.
Positions Available in 2020: Five: two large animal (4-year term), one large animal (3-year term), two small animal (4-year term)

Animal Health Topics Writer

Responsibilities: One way that the Public Outreach Committee helps contribute to the ACVS “brand” is by writing 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 attend the Surgery Summit and the assigned Residents’ Forum presentation for the year in which you are volunteering.
Workload: Light. Discussants must read the assigned long abstract and prepare 2-3 questions for the discussion period.
Term of Service: 3 months. Terms begin August 1 and end upon the close of the Surgery Summit.
Positions Available in 2020: 20 (10 equine/large animal and 10 small animal). Indicate on the volunteer form particular areas of interest/expertise.