ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Last updated September 10, 2019)

Announcements including deadline changes, recently approved residency programs, new diplomates, policy changes, updated documents and calls for board/committee nominations will be posted on this page of the site.

Critical deadlines

  Approved residency programs and residents (updated weekly)

  Review the ABVO's Credentialing Reports

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September 10, 2019

On behalf of the ABVO Exam Committee:

Upon careful consideration of the logistics of tracking publications to be included in the "reading list" for the ABVO Exam, it has been decided that only manuscripts in print (i.e., assigned to an issue) within the seven year window from 2013 through 2019 will be included as target material in the 2020 ABVO Exam.  E-pubs that are not yet in print (i.e., are not yet assigned to an issue) will not be included.  This is in direct conflict with an email that went out last month, but is consistent with the definition of "target material" used in the past.  Please disregard last month's email that indicated that epubs, rather than manuscripts assigned to an issue, would be included.  This was in error.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Please do not hesitate to contact Exam Chair at abvoexam@gmail.com with any questions.

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August 22, 2019

IMPORTANT! Before notifying the ABVO that you will no longer be a Supervising Diplomate (SD) or External Participant (EP) for a particular resident or program, you must submit the “Certifying Examination Supervising Diplomate Form" for credentials.  This form is available when signed in to your ABVO portal, located directly under the ‘Supervising Diplomate Forms’ tab. If this form is not submitted through the portal prior to requesting the change, you will lose all access to residency-related forms on the portal and will not be able to easily complete these for residents in the future. When you are no longer a SD or EP, you must complete this above named certifying exam form in order for the resident to pass credentials in the future. Once the exam SD form is completed, then please submit the existing SD/EP change form as has been the case since 2017. It is very important to complete both steps.

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August 20, 2019

The 2020 ABVO Certifying Examination will be held at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC from July 27-31, 2020.  The Image Recognition portion will be held on Monday July 27, the Written/Multiple Choice portion on Tuesday July 28, and the Practical portions from Tuesday July 28 through Friday July 31, depending upon the number of candidates who register to take the practical.  Please mark your calendars.  More information about registration and updated instructions will be forthcoming. 

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August 6, 2019

Announcing new diplomates of the ABVO

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July 5, 2019

Notification for all supervising diplomates

The RTP form has been significantly reorganized and as was discussed at the ABVO  Fall meeting, the definition of Associate Mentor has been eliminated. As the ABVO now allows and encourages “collaborative programs” as needed, 2 Supervising Diplomates are also now required for each resident in training. The reorganized document will require a thorough read through prior to submitting any new RTPs going forward.

Changes to residency programs, including programs placed on probation, are now  in a separate document, which can also be found in the residency section of the  ABVO website. If you have mentors leaving your program, please review this document carefully. Also, external participants now need to submit a Supervising Diplomate form in order to supervise residents (including locums).

Some minor changes were made to surgical minimums and medical record numbers are now only required for the minimum number of the required species examinations. Please see the website for further details.

The Residency Committee continues to try and make this as simple and straightforward as possible and we appreciate your patience as we do so.

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July 5, 2019

New Board Member Announcement
The ABVO extends its appreciation to the 2019 board candidates, for agreeing to run for office and thus continue to support the ABVO and its goals. All three of these Diplomates have demonstrated outstanding service to the ACVO and ABVO over the years. Thank you Drs. Steven Hollingsworth, Amy Rankin and Dr. Tammy Michau! More than half of the Diplomates voted in the election, and Dr. Hollingsworth was elected as the ABVO's next board member, his term begins in fall 2019. We appreciate all of you who took the time to vote.

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June 15, 2019

The ACVO announced earlier this year its new policy to reimburse residents for up to $500 for expenses related to attending the Magrane Basic Science Course or the ACVO Vision for Animals Phaco course. Read guidelines for resident qualifications and the reimbursement submission process.

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June 1, 2019

Please note that new documents were made available in May for RTP applications and that the Residency Committee's Policies and Procedures documents were updated May 13, 2019. This new application form and information must be used for all upcoming RTP applications.

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June 1, 2019

ABVO voting has opened online. Please review these candidates for vote and check your email for a ballot/ link. Contact the ABVO office if you haven't received the 'e-ballot' and another will be forwarded to you. Voting closes at the end of June, the new board member will be announced via email and posted on this page early July.

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May 14, 2019

This is a reminder to all qualified ABVO Exam Candidates that registration payments for ABVO Exam are due by May 15, 2019, 5pm Mountain Time. The ABVO Examination registration form and payment must be completed online by the deadline listed above (payment made by this form via credit card ), mailed and/or faxed forms are not permitted.

The Exam fee structure and submission instructions are outlined on the Exam Registration form. Late registrations and/or payments will not be accepted._____________________________________________________________________________________

May 1, 2019

Dear ACVO Diplomates,
 
Nominations are sought for one position on the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) that will become open upon the completion of Dr. Michael Davidson's term, fall 2019. Continuing ABVO members (and their term completion dates) include, (Chairperson - Dr. Ellison Bentley (2020),  Dr. Robert Munger (2021), Dr. Susan Nelms (2022) and Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member, 2019). ABVO Member terms are for four years, and persons may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
 
Any ACVO Diplomate may nominate an ACVO Member to serve on the ABVO; members may also self-nominate.  However, it is strongly recommended that ACVO Members seeking to become a member of the ABVO have served on at least one of the Credentials, Residency, Examination, or Maintenance of Certification Committees. If elected, all board members must also be willing to serve at least one term as Chair.

Although the term of office does not officially begin until immediately after the fall 2019 meeting, the individual elected is requested to attend the fall 2019 ABVO Meeting (held in conjunction with the ACVO annual conference) in a non-voting “apprentice” capacity.  Since the location in Hawaii this year may be difficult, a telecom call could be arranged.
 
If you are seeking to make a nomination of another ACVO Member please contact that individual first to be certain they are willing to serve. If they accept, forward the name(s) and acceptance to the ABVO office via email. Staff will reach out to the nominee to explain the obligation and/or to help answer any questions. At that time the below information will be requested.

Nominees are required to provide a photograph, concise (bullet-point) biography emphasizing their past ACVO/ABVO experience, and a brief statement (200 words or less) indicating their reasons for seeking to serve on the Board. Complete nominations must be received electronically by the ABVO/ACVO office no later than midnight (Mountain Time), May 31, 2019 (please submit them by the 25th to allow adequate time to post and format).  The election will take place electronically during the month of June, 2019, and results will be posted on the ABVO web site, on this announcements page, by July 1, 2019. 
 
The ABVO encourages all ACVO Members to take part in the election process. If you have questions about the nomination or election process you are encouraged to contact either the ABVO/ACVO office or any of the current ABVO Members.
 
Sincerely,
 
The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology
Dr. Ellison Bentley (Chairperson)
Dr. Mike Davidson
Dr. Robert Munger
Dr. Susan Nelms
Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member)

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January 10, 2019

View important email summary of deadline changes for all applicable ABVO committees.
(Emailed to all members and residents' emails, pulled from portal January 8th.)

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January 8, 2019

Maintenance of Certification Committee announces 2018 application follow-up. Also announces application deadline shift to January 31st of each year. (Note: Jan 9th this deadline was moved to a temporary deadline of February 20th, 2019.) View email.
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January 8, 2019

All current residents who are possible candidates for the 2019 examination, and their supervising diplomates, were emailed a reminder that the credentials forms and payments are due by January 15. View email. (The email list was updated from the ABVO portal as of 2pm, Jan 8th).

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January 2, 2019

Residency Committee announces new forms for residents and supervising diplomates. Submission deadline for the forms was moved from January 5, to January 31, 2019. Review Google Sheets instructions. Review announcement email.

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December 26, 2018

Residency Committee announcement, forms down and new deadline. Review announcement email.

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November 15, 2018

Applications and payment forms, necessary to credential to take the 2018 ABVO examinations, are now available. A completed application form and separate payment form for $100 are both required to be submitted by January 15, 2019, Midnight MT. Review the steps and access the form links on this page. Contact the ABVO with any questions.

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November 5, 2018

The ABVO Examination Committee has updated the ‘Instructions for the Examination’ for 2019. These are now available for candidate review. Please note that changes have been made to the suggested reading list, of which candidates will need to make note.
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September 28 , 2018

ABVO's 2018 Credentialing report is now available for review.
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September 17 , 2018

ABVO Mentors/Chairs Meeting Agenda


Review the ABVO Mentor/Chair meeting agenda.
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August 7, 2018
2018 New Diplomates


Check out the list of New Diplomates for 2018.

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June 22 , 2018
Instructions to Candidates for Exams


Updated “Instructions to Candidates” for the examination were posted. Review this document.

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June 21 , 2018
Maintenance of Certification Reminder


The Maintenance of Certification Committee reminds everyone to submit their MOC form if they wish to be considered for the optional certification review and update. Those who submit this form by July 1st, should receive notice of final decision by mid-October. Those who meet requirements will be provided a seal that may be used for promotion for five years. More information on MOC process.

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May 1, 2018
ABVO Call for Board Nominations

Dear ACVO Diplomates,
 
Nominations are sought for one position on the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) that will become open upon the completion of Dr. Ian Herring’s term, fall 2018. Continuing ABVO members (and their term completion dates) include, (Dr. Ellison Bentley (2020), Dr. Mike Davidson (2019), Dr. Robert Munger (2021) and Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member, 2019). ABVO Member terms are for four years, and persons may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
 
Any ACVO Diplomate may nominate an ACVO Member to serve on the ABVO; members may also self-nominate.  However, it is strongly recommended that ACVO Members seeking to become a member of the ABVO have served on at least one of the Credentials, Residency, Examination, or Maintenance of Certification Committees. If elected, all board members must also be willing to serve one term as Chair.
Although the term of office does not officially begin until immediately after the fall 2018 meeting, the individual elected is expected to attend the fall 2018 ABVO Meeting (held in conjunction with the ACVO annual conference) in a non-voting “apprentice” capacity.  
 
If you are seeking to make a nomination of another ACVO Member please contact that individual first to be certain they are willing to serve. If they accept, forward the name(s) and acceptance to the ABVO office via email. Staff will reach out to the nominee to explain the obligation and/or to help answer any questions. At that time the below information will be requested.

Nominees are required to provide a photograph, concise (bullet-point) biography emphasizing their past ACVO/ABVO experience, and a brief statement (200 words or less) indicating their reasons for seeking to serve on the Board. Complete nominations must be received electronically by the ABVO/ACVO office no later than midnight (Mountain Time), May 31, 2018 (please submit them by the 25th to allow adequate time to post and format).  The election will take place electronically during the month of June, 2018, and results will be posted on the ABVO web site by July 1, 2018. 
 
The ABVO encourages all ACVO Members to take part in the election process. If you have questions about the nomination or election process you are encouraged to contact either the ABVO/ACVO office or any of the current ABVO Members.
 
Sincerely,
 
The American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology


Dr. Ellison Bentley (Chair)
Dr. Ian Herring
Dr. Mike Davidson
Dr. Robert Munger
Mr. Douglas Jack (Public Member)
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January 15, 2018


ABVO Certifying Examination Application

The application documents are now closed for 2018 examination candidates. Forms were due by end of day, January 15th.
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November 15 , 2017

ABVO Certifying Examination Application


The Certifying Examination Application is now open, follow the application instructions on this page.

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October 6, 2017

ABVO Mentors/Chairs Meeting Agenda


Review the ABVO Mentor/Chair meeting agenda now.