New Specialties Proposed

Is it time for an American College of Animal Welfare? How about a parasitology specialty in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists? The AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) wants to know what you think.

The ABVS has approved for public comment a petition for a brand-new American College of Animal Welfare specialty organization, as well as a new parasitology specialty within the existing American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. Now it’s your turn to get involved.

Public comment must be sought as part of the rigorous approval process for any new specialty, and we welcome your thoughts. What we’re looking for is input on whether these new specialties will improve veterinary medical services to the public; whether there are enough potential diplomates to serve a clearly defined need within the profession; and whether these areas represent distinct and identifiable specialties of veterinary medicine, ones that are supported by a base of scientific knowledge and practice and are acceptable to the profession and the public.

All of that may seem like a lot to sort through, but we can’t emphasize too strongly how important your comments are in this process. Your input will help us determine whether the process should go forward or needs to be slowed down a bit for further evaluation.

You can send your comments via e-mail or letter. Make sure that your name appears on the document; we can’t accept anonymous submissions. E-mail your comments to David Banasiak at or mail them to AVMA, Attn: David Banasiak, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg IL, 60173. If you’ve got questions, you can reach David at 800-248-2862, Ext. 6677. Additional information on the proposed specialties can be found on the ABVS Web page as it becomes available.

The deadline for comments is Nov. 1, 2010. Thanks in advance for your input.

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