American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine


ECBHM and ACVIM (Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine) have been working together in order to increase reciprocal collaboration.
Particular attention is devoted to the exchange of experiences in the educational training. For example:
----) the food animal diplomates of ACVIM have established a fund to defray the cost of four-week exchange programs with other residency programs;
----) ACVIM stipulated in the guidelines that an ACVIM resident could obtain funds to spend time with and ECBHM mentor at another university.

Moreover, individual ECBHM diplomates may be eligible to the Associate Status with the ACVIM!
The ACVIM has finalized the process of formal recognition for specialists from other Colleges to the Associate Status. While ECBHM will not seek the Associate Status as a College due to the different focus of both Colleges, ECBHM certainly counts several Diplomates who may qualify for the Associate Status at the individual level.
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ECBHM and ACVIM contacts

The earliest interaction between ECBHM and ACVIM was when our diplomate Jurgen Rehage attended a Food Animal SIG at ACVIM around 2006 informing ACVIM about the formation of ECBHM.
In Nice, at the World Buiatrics Congress in 2006, David Barrett (former President of the ECBHM) spoke to Peter Constable (ACVIM, and now associate diplomate of our college) and Allen Roussel (ACVIM and now active diplomate of our college) about possible interaction between the two Colleges.
Because ECBHM was species oriented and ACVIM was discipline oriented, it seemed unlikely that it could have been considered complete reciprocation of diplomate status, however ACVIM was interested in other forms of collaboration.
As a de facto diplomate of ECBHM, Allen Roussel attended several ECBHM AGMs and was a member of the examination committee.
Mireille Meylan (current Vice President of the ECBHM and ACVIM member) was active in both Colleges and facilitated the interactions.
In 2012, ACVIM invited Ingrid Lorenz (member of the board of the ECBHM) to be guest at the ACVIM Forum in New Orleans. This was the first formal interactions between the two colleges.
ACVIM pledged Ingrid Lorenz to try to discover other ways of collaboration. Among these, the criteria for eligibility of ECBHM diplomates to the Associate Status with the ACVIM.

Working with the representative of ACVIM residents, Edouard Timsit (ECBHM organizers of the webinars together with Didier Raboisson) has made the ECBHM resident webinars available to ACVIM residents.
 Every year some diplomates of the ECBHM are invited to the ACVIM forums. In the picture on the left our former President and Vice President (AG and MM)  are with the ECBHM-ACVIM liaison committee members of the ACVIM during a coffe-break at the ACVIM forum in Seattle, in 2013.

ACVIM would like to have further collaboration including the opportunity to send ACVIM residents to ECBHM workshops (where ACVIM pay the cost for ACVIM residents).
ACVIM are anxious to form other alliances to take advantage of mutual interest.

Best friends of us from the side of the ACVIM are:
Allen Roussel, Dip. ECBHM, former member of the examination committee of the ECBHM, professor and head at the Food Animal Section in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University.
Geof Smith, professor at North Carolina State University. He has held committee positions in the past for ACVIM. Currently he is one of the ECBHM-ACVIM liaison committee members.
John Middleton, professor at University of Missouri. He is a former chair of the Residency Training Committee and is currently the Assistant Chair. He is another member of the ECBHM-ACVIM liaison committee.







2013, June 12nd-15th - ACVIM-Forum in Seattle:
above a discussion during a meeting with the residents of the AACVIM-Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine; on the left the at that time President of the ACVIM-Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine, Allen Roussel