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Volunteering Opportunities

Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. The deadline to volunteer is April 9, 2021. To indicate your preference in volunteering, complete the volunteer opportunities form


ACVS Foundation Trustee   

Responsibilities: The ACVS Foundation Board of Trustees supports the missions of both ACVS and the ACVS Foundation by organizing and executing fundraising activities to support research and education. Trustees are responsible for fundraising programs, including the Legacy Society, the Research Grant Initiative, Honor a Mentor, Pet and Equine Memorial Cards, and the online silent auction and raffle. Trustees organize education programs and outreach initiatives to new Diplomates and Emeritus Diplomates. Trustees also serve as liaisons to ACVS committees, including continuing education, research, and public outreach.
Board Meetings: One in the spring and one just prior to the Surgery Summit. Three conference calls per year.
Workload: Moderate, varies with year-round responsibilities.
Term of Service: Three years
Positions Available in 2021: One

Advisory Council of Diplomates and Primary Care Veterinarians

Responsibilities:  Identify, develop, and implement activities to increase awareness of the value of board-certified veterinary surgeons among animal-owners and support collaborative relationships with primary care veterinarians (pcDVMs).
Council Meetings: The council will meet approximately monthly via conference calls; those in attendance at the 2021 ACVS Surgery Summit may be asked to attend an in-person meeting.
Workload: Moderate, but members should anticipate periods of concentrated focus on small projects.
Term of Service: Up to 18 months. Includes potential opportunities for involvement in project-based work that may require commitments of varying lengths of time.
Positions Available in 2021: Four
Prerequisite:  Experience with public relations, social media, marketing, presentation development, and a proven history of collaborative relationships with pcDVMs that have led to improved animal health outcomes. Experience with a local veterinary medical association or other volunteer and outreach activities, especially in the areas of engagement, communication, marketing, or promotions, should be highlighted.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

ACVS will issue a separate call for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee volunteers in June. 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 submission 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. Term begins following the Surgery Summit. 
Positions Available in 2021: One
Prerequisite: Dual Certification Advisory Group members must be practicing in an alternate species from their residency training.

Examination Committee

ACVS will issue a separate call for Examination Committee volunteers in the next few months. If you are interested in serving on the Examination Committee but also would like to be considered for other committees, please note that in the experience box on the volunteer submission form.

Fellowship Committee

Responsibilities: The Fellowship Committee reviews applications to establish new fellowship programs, reviews fellowship training template guidelines, monitors activities of approved ACVS Fellowship Programs and subcommittees, reviews applications for founding fellow status, reviews completed training packages for fellow candidates, and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents to confer founding fellow status and fellow status.
Committee Meetings: Annual meeting held during the Surgery Summit.
Workload: Moderate. The committee reviews numerous and various types of application packages throughout the year and conducts voting via email.
Term of Service: Three years
Positions Available in 2021: One: member-at-large
Prerequisite: The member-at-large must be an ACVS Diplomate not associated with an ACVS fellowship.

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 makes recommendations to the BOR 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. Annual audits will begin in November 2021.
Term of Service: Three years. Terms begin August 1 and end July 31.
Positions Available in 2021: 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 nominations for president-elect and two regents and nominations for recipients of the three ACVS 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 following the Surgery Summit. 
Positions Available in 2021: 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) writing and reviewing the Animal Health Topics articles posted on the ACVS website; 2) the ACVS column, Surgery STAT, in dvm360 magazine; 3) monitoring and maintaining the relevance of animal owner content on the ACVS website; and 4) editing and making use of archival videos filmed during the 2019 Surgery Summit. Two committee members are assigned to manage the Animal Health Topics solicitation and review. One member is assigned to manage Surgery STAT.
Committee Meetings: Annual meeting held during the Surgery Summit and quarterly conference calls.
Workload: Moderate. Health Topic Articles are reviewed December–January. Surgery STAT articles are reviewed year-round. Additional work as needed on video project and social media outreach.
Term of Service: Three years. Terms begin following the Surgery Summit.
Positions Available in 2021: Two: one large animal, one small animal.

Research Committee

Responsibilities: The Research Committee receives and evaluates all proposals for ACVS Foundation research grants and makes recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding allocations of funds. 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 in the category of published manuscripts.
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 following the Surgery Summit. 
Positions Available in 2021: Four: three 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 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 following the Surgery Summit and end December 31.
Positions Available in 2021: 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 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, one additional small animal position for three years. Terms begin following the Surgery Summit and end December 31.
Positions Available in 2021: Six: two large animal (four-year term), three small animal (four-year term), one small animal (three-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. The Animal Health Topic articles are directed toward the animal owning public who visit the site. 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. 

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.

Veterinary Surgery Editorial Review Board  

ACVS will issue a separate call for Veterinary Surgery Editorial Review Board (ERB) volunteers in the next few months. If you are interested in serving on the ERB but also would like to be considered for other committees, please note that in the experience box on the volunteer submission form.