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ACVS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

MIS Founding Fellows

These well-qualified ACVS Diplomates obtained additional training and experience in MIS beyond surgery residency training. They also devote a major portion of their professional effort to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients undergoing MIS therapies and to research in the field of MIS. Founding fellow status was achieved in the following disciplines:

  • Small Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy and fracture repair)
  • ​Small Animal Soft Tissue  (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy)
  • Large Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy, tenoscopy, bursoscopy, and fracture repair)
  • Large Animal Soft Tissue (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy) 

Extension of Consideration for Founding Fellow Status in MIS

Acceptance of founding fellows is the first step towards the establishment of fellowship training programs. ACVS wants to maximize inclusiveness and availability of fellowship training programs; therefore, an extension of consideration for MIS founding fellow status is available to eligible ACVS Diplomates who meet specific requirements. Applications to attain the status of ACVS Founding Fellow, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) through the Extension of Consideration for Founding Fellow Status will be accepted April 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020 for the following subdisciplines:

  • Small Animal Orthopedics
  • Small Animal Soft Tissue 
  • Large Animal Orthopedics
  • Large Animal Soft Tissue 

Background
Acceptance of founding fellows is the first step towards the establishment of a fellowship training program. ACVS wants to maximize inclusiveness and availability of fellowship training programs. Therefore, an extension of consideration for founding fellow status is available for ACVS Diplomates with national and/or international recognition within the discipline at the time of the original call for founding fellows who did not apply by the deadline of September 30, 2017. Also eligible are Diplomates who applied for founding fellow status, fulfilled some of the founding fellow requirements, but lacked one or more of the stated explicit requirements and therefore were not accepted as founding fellows.

Eligibility criteria
Diplomates demonstrating leadership in MIS who did not apply for founding fellow status because they did not meet the scholarly activity requirements or who applied but did not meet the criteria for founding fellow status must apply for an extension of consideration by September 30, 2020.

Application process
A detailed list of founding fellow requirements, as well as a list of all the documentation that must be submitted within the application package, can be found in the 
Extension of Consideration for Founding Fellows: MIS. The application must be submitted in a single package to acvs@acvs.org by September 30, 2020.

List of ACVS Founding Fellows, MIS


ACVS Fellowship Programs in Minimally Invasive Surgery

MIS Small Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Program — Approved Training Center

To begin the fellowship training process, please contact the program representative listed below:

For questions about the program, contact Dr. Michael Kowaleski, Chair, MIS Small Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Oversight Committee.

MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship Program — Approved Training Centers

To begin the fellowship training process, please contact one of the program representatives listed below:

For questions about the program, contact Dr. Eric Monnet, Chair, MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship Oversight Committee.

MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Program — Approved Training Center

To begin the fellowship training process, please contact the program representative listed below:

For questions about the program, contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich, Chair, MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Oversight Committee.

MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue Program

As of March 2020, there are no approved training centers for MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue. Fellow candidates cannot register until a training center has been established for this discipline. For questions about the program, contact Dr. Claude Ragle, Chair, MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Oversight Committee.


Establishing an ACVS Training Center for MIS

To establish a training center for the ACVS MIS Fellowship Program in one of the following disciplines, please complete the applicable form:

  • ACVS MIS Small Animal Orthopedics Fellowship — Complete this form
  • ACVS MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Fellowship — Complete this form
  • ACVS MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship — Coming soon!
  • ACVS MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Fellowship — Coming soon!

Both the fellow candidate and the training institution must comply with the Minimum Standards for ACVS Fellowship Training in Veterinary Minimally Invasive Surgery. Fellow candidates must submit the training registration form and registration fee to the ACVS office within 30 days of starting the fellowship training program.