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 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.   

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 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 - 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
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.

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