ACVO COMMITTEES, DESCRIPTIONS & PURPOSE
   

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BASIC SCIENCE COURSE
Organizes all course logistics, speakers and general program for the biennial course which takes place on even years.  

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.   

ETHICS COMMITTEE
The mission of the Ethics Committee is to set the standards for and help maintain the ethical behavior of the membership of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. The Ethics 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 and previous residents, 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, and e) recommending disciplinary actions due to violations of the term “specialist” or the like and/or ACVO or ABVO trademark violations.

GENETICS

The purpose of the Genetics Committee is to act as a scientific advisory panel providing guidelines regarding presumed inherited ocular disorders in dogs, and to serve as a resource to the profession and the public on issues concerning canine genetic eye diseases. To accomplish this purpose, the committee is responsible for publishing a document that summarizes ocular conditions presumed to be hereditary in dogs. This document, called The Blue Book or ‘Ocular Disorders Presumed To Be Inherited in Purebred Dogs’, is regularly updated as new information – such as breed statistics from OFA examinations, peer-reviewed literature, and new genetic tests – becomes available. The term of service for members on this committee is 3 years.

GOVERNANCE
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 also reviews policies and procedures from the various ACVO standing committees as directed by the ACVO Board or Regents. It reports findings and recommendations regarding bylaws, policies, and procedures to the ACVO Board of Regents.     

VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGY JOURNAL - Editorial Board
Members of the Editorial Board (EBM) will serve a 3yr renewable term. The Journal is published online and submissions are received continuously. EBM’s will be assigned manuscripts, generally in their area of expertise, and are then expected to assign ≥2 qualified reviewers for each manuscript. Once the required number of reviews have been returned the EBM reviews these, decides to accept these recommendations or to seek additional reviews. Once the EBM is satisfied with the scientific reviews, they make a recommendation to the Editor-in-chief as to the manuscript decision. All submissions, reviews and decisions occur online and digitally.

NOMINATING
Studies leadership needs at the ACVO; coordinates calls for nomination; and develops lists of candidates for election to leadership positions.

PROGRAM
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.    

PUBLIC RELATIONS
The mission of the ACVO PR committee is to promote a positive and accurate appreciation of veterinary ophthalmologists and ACVO membership to the public, referring veterinarians, and Diplomates. The committee meets at the ACVO conference and throughout the year remotely to ensure that promotional materials, media, and programs remain current and reflect the interests of the membership. Committee term is 3 years.

 
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