ACVD

American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD)

USA | Affiliated Member

President:
Dr. Jennifer Matousek

WSAVA Representative:
Dr. Sheila Torres
E-mail: torre009@umn.edu

Address:
ACVD Executive Secretary
c/o Alexis Borich
11835 Forest Knolls Ct.
Nevada City, California, USA 95959
E-mail:
itchypet@aol.com
Website:
www.acvd.org

Members: 291

Objective of the ACVD

The objectives of the ACVD are to advance veterinary dermatology and increase the competency of those who practice dermatology by establishing guidelines for post-doctoral education and experience prerequisite to certification, examine and certify veterinarians as specialists in veterinary dermatology to serve the public, and encourage research and other contributions to knowledge, and promoting communications and dissemination of this knowledge.


History and current activities of the ACVD
The American College of Veterinary Dermatology certifies veterinarians who have specialized training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with hereditary, inflammatory or neoplastic disorders of the skin, hair, ears, claws and mucous membranes. A veterinary dermatologist has substantial training and experience in the diagnosis and management of allergic skin diseases.


In 1974 the Dermatology Specialty Group was granted permission under the umbrella of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to certify successful candidates who satisfactorily completed both the qualifying examination of the ACVIM and the certifying examination in dermatology. Thirteen Charter Diplomates were selected. In 1981, there was consensus that the organization had reached sufficient maturity to warrant a separate, free-standing College. ACVIM-Dermatology received approval to become the free-standing ACVD. In the ensuing 3 ½ decades, the ACVD has grown from 35 Diplomates to 291 Diplomates. Of these current Diplomates, 208 are in specialty practice, 49 are in academia, 11 are in industry and 23 are retired or not currently practicing. None are currently employed in government. Diplomates are from many countries around the world and currently practice in 9 countries. The organizational structure is composed of an Executive Board, 8 standing committees, and multiple ad-hoc committees and task forces. Currently, the ACVD has 15 approved residency training programs and 15 alternate pathway training programs with a total of 43 dermatology residents in training. 

ACVD Annual Report to WSAVA for 2016

 

List of Activities

Educational Activities

North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF) – Each year, the ACVD in junction with the AAVD (American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology) co-organizes the NAVDF. Veterinary dermatologists, dermatology residents, veterinarians with a strong interest in dermatology, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students participate in 5 days of intensive meetings including continuing education for specialists and generalists, research communications, board preparation for residents, case reports, and poster sessions. This year the NAVDF was held in conjunction with the 8th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology which took place in Bordeaux, France, from May 31st through June 4th. Over 2,000 veterinarians attended this event. The next NAVDF will be held in Orlando, FL, from April 26-29, 2017. Over 500 veterinarians attend this event annually.

World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology– The ACVD is one of the 5 cofounding sponsoring organizational members of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD). The WAVD organizes a WCVD every 4 years in a different part of the world. The 8th WCVD was held in Bordeaux, France from May 31st through June 4th, 2016. This was one of the most successful dermatology world congresses with over 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries participating from around the globe. Planning is well underway for WCVD9 to be held in 2020, Sidney, Australia, from October 20th through October 24th 2020.

Global Veterinary Dermatology Education Group: In 2011 seven ACVD dermatologists, led by Sheila Torres, formed a group named ‘Global Veterinary Dermatology Education Group ‘with the goal of promoting veterinary dermatology in areas of need around the globe. In 2012, two dermatologists from other countries also joined the group. This group has worked closely with the WSAVA Continuing Education (CE) committee chair and the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) to identify places around the world that need to improve the practice of veterinary dermatology. Since 2013, we have provided CE in 12 countries around the world. Next year we will provide CE in Myanmar and Albania. We are very excited about this initiative and hope to make a difference as we work together to achieve our ultimate goal of educating veterinarians around the world.

ACVD Website

The ACVD maintains a website http://www.acvd.org/ with areas open to the public and other areas for its membership. The “Find a Dermatologist” link is one of the most popular part of the website.

ACVD Research Scholarships

The ACVD awards multiple research scholarships on an annual basis.

Highlights

In 2011 the ACVD established the ACVD Dermatology Outreach Program. The objective is to provide annual seminars to veterinarians in underserved areas of the United States to improve their knowledge and understanding of basic dermatology principles. To reach this objective the American College of Veterinary Dermatology solicits State Veterinary Medical Associations to provide Boarded Dermatologists to speak to their group with no charge to the state association. The service is provided to the State VMA and local veterinarians. It provides an opportunity to interact with two Boarded Dermatologists to consult with them regarding difficult cases in both large and small animals. The first collaboration was held June 24-26, 2012 in Missoula, Montana. The speakers were Drs. Dana Liska and Dunbar Gram. The event sponsors included Elanco, TEVA, Dechra and Greer. The second event was held June 13-14, 2013 in Burlington, Vermont. Drs. Dawn Logas and Janet Wojciechowski were the speakers and Bayer Animal Health, Idexx and Pfizer were the contributing sponsors. The following year the event was held June 12-14, 2014 in Post Falls, Idaho. Drs. Paul Bloom and Linda Messinger were the speakers and the sponsors participating this year included Bayer Animal Health and Idexx.

This year the event was attended by 58 local veterinarians and was held April 15-17, 2016 in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The speaker was Dr. Linda Messinger who provided 4 hours of CE. The dates and location for 2017 have not been determined at this time.

 

ACVD Annual Report to WSAVA for 2015 

 

Annual List of Activities

 

Educational Activities

North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum (NAVDF) – Each year, the ACVD in junction with the AAVD (American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology) co-organizes the NAVDF. Veterinary dermatologists, dermatology residents, veterinarians with a strong interest in dermatology, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students participate in 5 days of intensive meetings including continuing education for specialists and generalists, research communications, board preparation for residents, case reports, and poster sessions. This year’s NAVDF was held in Nashville, TN, USA from April 15-18. Over 500 veterinarians attend this event annually. The next NAVDF will be held in Orlando, FL from April 26-29, 2017.

World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology– The ACVD is one of the 5 co-founding sponsoring organizational members of the World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology Association. The WCVDA organizes a WCVD every 4 years in a different part of the world. The 7th WCVD was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from July 24th to 28th, 2012. This was one of the most successful dermatology world congresses with over 1600 delegates from over 50 countries participating from around the globe. Planning is well underway for WCVD-8 to be held in 2016, Bordeaux, France, from May 31st through June 4th, 2016.

Global Veterinary Dermatology Education Group: In 2011 seven ACVD dermatologists, led by Sheila Torres, formed a group named ‘Global Veterinary Dermatology Education Group ‘with the goal of promoting veterinary dermatology in areas of need around the globe.  In 2012, two dermatologists from other countries also joined the group.  This group has worked closely with the WSAVA Continuing Education (CE) committee chair and the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (WAVD) to identify places around the world that need to improve the practice of veterinary dermatology.  We are very excited about this initiative and hope to make a difference as we work together to achieve our ultimate goal of educating veterinarians around the world.

ACVD Website – The ACVD maintains a website http://www.acvd.org/ with areas open to the public and other areas for its membership. The “Find a Dermatologist” link is the most popular part of the website. 

 

ACVD Research Scholarships – The ACVD awards multiple research scholarships on an annual basis.

 

Highlights

In 2011 the ACVD established the ACVD Dermatology Outreach Program.  The objective is to provide annual seminars to veterinarians in underserved areas of the United States to improve their knowledge and understanding of basic dermatology principles.

To reach this objective the American College of Veterinary Dermatology solicits State Veterinary Medical Associations to provide Boarded Dermatologists to speak to their group with no charge to the state association. The service is provided to the State VMA and local veterinarians. It provides an opportunity to interact with two Boarded Dermatologists to consult with them regarding difficult cases in both large and small animals. 

The first collaboration was held June 24-26, 2012 in Missoula, Montana. The speakers were Drs. Dana Liska and Dunbar Gram. The event sponsors included Elanco, TEVA, Dechra and Greer. The second event was held June 13-14, 2013 in Burlington, Vermont.  Drs. Dawn Logas and Janet Wojciechowski were the speakers and Bayer Animal Health, Idexx and Pfizer were the contributing sponsors. The following year the event was held June 12-14, 2014 in Post Falls, Idaho. Drs. Paul Bloom and Linda Messinger were the speakers and the sponsors participating this year included Bayer Animal Health and Idexx. 

This year the event was attended by 105 local veterinarians and was held August 9-11, 2015 in Medora, North Dakota. The speakers were Drs. Linda Messinger and Paul Bloom.  The dates and location for 2016 have not been determined at this time.