BASIC SCIENCE COURSE
Organizes all course logistics, speakers and general program for the biennial course which takes place on even years.
The ACVO Credentials Committee exists to authenticate residents as qualified to sit for the ACVO Certifying examination. It's primary responsibility is to review resident's credential applications near the end of or following completions of the ACVO approved residents program. It determines that required documents that must be submitted for an application to qualify for the ACVO membership, including the required number and format of case reports produced from resident training. A Credential Committee member is a three year commitment and begins at a fall Credentials business and case report review training meeting, continuing through three ACVO applications cycles, completing the term following the final case reports review.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS
The mission of the Professional Practice, Disciplinary, and Appeals (PPDA) Committee is to set the standards for and help maintain the ethical behavior of the membership of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. The PPDA Committee shall be responsible for, but not limited to: a) reviewing and processing complaints concerning ACVO members, b) reviewing and processing complaints and appeals concerning ACVO residents in training, c) reviewing and processing complaints and appeals concerning former ACVO residents in training submitting credentials and applying for membership in the ACVO, d) performing its duties under the direction of the Board of Regents and bi-annually reporting its findings and activities to the Board of Regents.
The ACVO exam is constructed, validated, assembled and administered by the ACVO Examination Committee. The committee consists of 10 Diplomates recommended by the examination committee chairperson and approved by the ACVO Board of Regents. Membership of the ACVO Examination Committee is designed to reflect the general membership of the ACVO with regards gender, number of years as a Diplomate and professional activity (academic vs. practice career). Four-year appointments are given to committee members. It is the examination committee's responsibility to assure the examination questions reflect professional activities expected of Diplomates
The mission of the Genetics Committee is to decrease the incidence of presumed inherited ocular disorders in dogs and to serve as a resource to the profession concerning genetic eye disease. The Objectives are: a) To provide a document concerning presumed inherited ocular disorders in purebred dogs. This document entitled Ocular Disorders Presumed Inherited in Purebred Dogs, herein referred to as ODPIinPD, will be provided to ACVO Diplomates without charge at intervals dictated by the ACVO Board of Regents, b) The committee also addresses questions and requests from breed clubs regarding ocular disorders and breeding advice pertaining to their breed, c) NOTE: January 2006 the committee agreed to address issues related to hybrid dogs, as an entity separate from purebred dogs.
The ACVO Governance Committee is composed of 6-7 members appointed from the ACVO membership, including a chair and the ACVO representative to the ABVS. It reviews and oversees proposed changes in the ACVO Constitution and Bylaws as directed by the ACVO Board of Regents. It reviews policies and procedures from the various ACVO standing committees as directed by the ACVO Board or Regents. Then it reports it's findings and makes recommendations to the ACVO Board of Regents.
VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGY JOURNAL
Evaluates numerous veterinary medical research submissions from qualified writers for consideration for inclusion in the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal. Organizes co-sponsors, print, photos and the editing of this Veterinary Ophthalmology journal six times per year.
Studies leadership needs at the ACVO; coordinates calls for nomination; and develops lists of candidates for election to leadership positions.
Develops continuing education programs for the ACVO. Evaluates papers for presentation, speakers, speaker organization and topics; reviews and promotes policies regarding registration fees, exhibitors, etc.; organizes special education programs such as wet labs at the annual meeting; evaluates continuing education needs of ACVO Diplomates.
Promote the ACVO and it's Members by education the referral veterinarians and pet owners in veterinary ophthalmology and the unique services provided by our membership. The separate web site committee has now been dissolved and its functions are managed through the PR committee. This includes reviewing and approving materials to be posted on the site along with answering questions from the public concerning veterinary medicine.
The ACVO Residency Committee is responsible for developing the standards for educational program accreditation approval, providing directions to programs seeking accreditation, and granting accreditation to residency programs that satisfy the committee's requirements. The committee is responsible for certifying that a resident has successfully completed an approved residency program prior to being allowed to sit the certification examination.