The mission of the ACVS Foundation is to support the advancement of surgical care of all animals. As an independently-chartered nonprofit philanthropic organization, the ACVS Foundation is devoted to the advancement of surgical care of all animals through funding of educational and research opportunities for veterinary surgery residents and board-certified veterinary surgeons.
Through the generous support of ACVS Diplomates, general veterinary practitioners, animal owners, and corporations, the ACVS Foundation:
- Awarded over $1.5 million in research grants over the last 20 years
- Sponsors some of the latest continuing education presented by world-renowned surgery specialists
- Co-publishes the Advances in Veterinary Surgery book series with Wiley-Blackwell
- Bestows the prestigious Legends Award to recognize board-certified veterinary surgeons who have developed a surgical or diagnostic procedure of significant
- Bestows the ACVS Foundation Lynn Wheaton Philanthropy Award to recognize board-certified veterinary surgeons who demonstrate intentional and altruistic social responsibility through their work with a community, association, or other nonprofit organization
- Annually awards the Outstanding Surgery Residents and the Student Surgical Proficiency Awards
- Supports attendance of new board-certified veterinary surgeons at the ACVS Surgery Summit
- Administers the Honor a Mentor Program as a means for surgery specialists and residents to publicly recognize those who have impacted their career
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Improving Animal Healthcare
ACVS veterinary surgeons strive to improve care of animals every day. The ACVS Foundation works to support these veterinary surgeons and surgery residents through education and research funding.
Through generous donations by ACVS surgeons, animal owners, and corporations, the Foundation promotes learning opportunities at the annual ACVS Surgery Summit. These sessions allow ACVS surgeons, veterinary surgery residents, and primary care veterinarians to keep their knowledge current. Additionally, the Foundation partners with Wiley-Blackwell to publish the Advances in Veterinary Surgery book series, which provides state-of-the-art information for veterinarians to use in their practices.
The Foundation provides funds for ACVS surgeons and veterinary surgery resident to investigate a wide variety of topics that lead to better surgical care for the animals that are important to you. Research grants awarded have examined and reported on subjects including anesthesia, arthritis, regenerative medicine, and novel surgical procedures.