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President’s Message – Nathan Nelson, DVM, MS, DACVR

Greetings all,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. First, a note about communication. Many of you have reported receiving emails that appear to be from the ACVR, including using our logos or mentioning the upcoming conference. Thanks to those who called our attention to it. Like many email spam or phishing schemes, they may appear legitimate but official communication about the conference will come via our website, Discourse, or from our management group (which will have proper ACVR contact information at the bottom of the email).
While on the topic, Discourse is continuing to evolve as an important communication tool for our College. We now have smaller groups dedicated to various committees, society leadership and working groups.
Perhaps you are like me who said, “But I never check the Discourse website! I never know when someone posts there!” If that is true for you, consider setting your Discourse account to send you an email whenever someone puts up a post. Instructions to do so are HERE (look for “How to access discourse”) and “enable list mode” in your profile to receive email posts. I have found this very useful, as receiving an email is a convenient way to know when someone has posted something interesting, without logging into Discourse directly.
Another logo update
More logo updates this month. After some final tweaks, we now have branding information for the Societies, including a standard font and unique color templates for each society. The basic logos with their color are below, with full branding information to be made available to the societies soon on the website:
Congratulations Grant Award winners
Congratulations to resident research Grant Award winners, and thanks to members of the Grant Awards committee for their review of the many excellent applications:
Dr. Lauren von Stade – Colorado State University
Mentor: Angela Marolf
  • CT/MR society funded resident research award
  • Computed tomographic evaluation of pancreatic perfusion in dogs with acute pancreatitis: a pilot study
Dr. Linda Dillenbeck – North Carolina State University
Mentors: Erin Keenihan, Nathan Nelson
  • ACVR funded resident research award
  • Evaluation of advanced MRI sequences and standard MRI sequences for detection of naturally occurring cartilage lesions of the distal interphalangeal joint of the horse.
Dr. Kreig Embriano – Auburn University
Mentor: Merrilee Holland
  • Veterinary Ultrasound Society funded award
  • Shear-wave elastography of the canine patellar ligament in normal dogs, and in dogs before and after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy.
Dr. Kaitlin Jones – University of Wisconsin – Madison
Mentor: Samantha Loeber
  • Society of Veterinary Nuclear Medicine funded award
  • Description of 18F Fund Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Positron Emission Tomography-MRI
Open position on the Residency Standards and Evaluation Committee
Dr. Lindsey Gilmour
There is an opening on the RSEC committee that needs to be filled immediately. Many thanks to Dr. Sue Emerson for her years of service on the committee. We would like someone to begin immediately as there are several action items this summer that would benefit from a full cohort. This includes updates to the Essentials, development of post-residency surveys for trainees, and other resident advocacy items. For those who are interested and if there are any questions, please reach out to Dr. Lindsey Gilmour ([email protected]), chair of the committee.
Nathan Nelson
ACVR President