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Education
Diana Hassel – Chair
Liz Rozanski
Elisa Mazzaferro
Raegan Wells
Barb Dallup Schaer
Angel Rivera
Steve Mehler

Member Services
Kenichiro Yagi – Chair
Nancy Shaffran
Bob Messenger
Pam Wilkins
Liz Thomovsky
Karen Roach
Scott Hall
Lindsay Dodd (consulting)
Susan Barnes (consulting)

Practice Management
Andrea Battaglia - Chair
Jim Clark
Alyce D'Amato
Robin Brogdon
Ben Haas

Facility Certification Committee
Bob Messenger – Chair
Jon Geller
Lou DelGiudice
Steven Epstein
Jennifer Cyborski
Linda Martin (consulting)
Scott Johnson (consulting)

Finance Committee
Cole Taylor
Scott Johnson
Bob Messenger
Jim Clark (Advisory)

Publications Committee
Gary Stamp
Marie Kerl
Dan Chan


Symposium Committee
Gary Stamp: Symposium Committee Chair
Elke Rudloff: Program Committee Coordinator
Elisa Mazzaferro: Program Committee Coordinator Consultant
Kate Hopper: General (Small Animal) Session Coordinator; MDR Session Coordinator
Andrea Steele: Technician Session Coordinator
Diana Hassel: Large Animal Session Coordinator
Jenifer Good: Large Animal Session Coordinator
Alyce D’Amato: Management Program Session Coordinator
Lisa Moses: IVAPM Liaison
Lydia Donaldson + Tammy Grubb (+1): ACVAA Liaison
Angela Lennox: Exotics Session Coordinator
Jen Devey: Laboratory Logistics Coordinator
Ben Brainard: ACVECC Scientific Program Coordinator
Raegan Wells: Resident Board Review Session Coordinator; MDR Session Coordinator
Tony Mann: Small Animal Abstracts Session Coordinator
Elizabeth Rozanski: Small Animal Case Report Session Coordinator
Harold Davis: AV-Room Coordinator
Shenan Diehl: Proceedings Coordinator
Tony Johnson: Member Representative
Leonel Londono: Member Representative
Sandra Llewellyn: Social Events Coordinator

 

October 2014

Each committee has approximately 4-7 members including the chair and recommended members below. Once committees are established for the first two-year cycle, members serve a four-year term of service, with approximately half the members being replaced at two-year intervals. The committee chair will have final say on committee membership and rotation. Actual sizes of each committee will vary based on need.

Committee members are encouraged to attend the VECCS general membership meeting if they are in attendance at the annual IVECCS meeting.

Education:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among members of the Board of Directors or the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director.
  • Charges:
    • Ongoing assessment and evaluation of current educational programs regarding
      • Value to membership
      • Promotion of VECCS mission and core values
  • Innovate and generate future educational products, to include (but not limited to…)
    • Internet-based education (podcast presentations)
    • Weekend traveling seminars
    • On-site learning opportunities
  • Evaluate non-IVECCS programs and Spring Meeting
  • Contribute content for E-newsletter about upcoming or ongoing educational offerings, and updates about science news (summary of recent published study findings in a particular area, new knowledge published, etc.)
  • Responsibility for management and oversight of educational offerings to insure feasibility and sustainability with regards to participant demand and financial cost/ benefit to organization
  • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director

 

Member Services:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among members of the Board of Directors or the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director.
  • Charges:
    • Identify current member service benefits available in writing, and update annually
    • Review by-laws every two years and make recommendations to Board of Directors regarding changes
    • Evaluate the perception of value of services to members on a regular basis
    • Explore new member benefit services with particular attention to feasibility, cost to the organization, and value of service to members.
    • Initial items to consider:
      • Evaluation and expansion of tangible member benefits for all sectors of membership but focus on:
        • Technicians
        • Practice Managers (coordinate with Practice Management committee)
    • Industry partnerships for discounted goods and services
    • Reviewing brochures annually and updating as needed.
    • Access to online educational content from pharmaceutical/ supply companies
    • Promotion of VECCS to non-members and to the general public to increase value
    • Oversee VECCS ambassador program (enrollment, updating content)
    • Contribute content for publication in the E-newsletter (Examples: Practice tips, Expert journal article “pearls” with links to article, Information on member benefits offered)
    • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director

 

Practice Management:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among members of the Board of Directors or the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director. The practice management session coordinator for IVECCS is a member.
  • Charges:
    • Ongoing assessment and evaluation of currently available VECCS practice management tools regarding
      • Value to membership
      • Promotion of VECCS mission and core values
      • Future growth of VECCS membership nationally and internationally
  • Work with the Practice Management member of Symposium committee to coordinate upcoming practice management educational sessions at IVECCS annually
  • Innovate and generate future practice management products, to include (but not limited to…)
    • Personnel and staffing for emergency practice and ECC specialty practice
    • Practice plans/ equipment needs for optimal ECC functionality
    • Sample medical record forms/ release forms for members to model form development
    • Sample ER/CC hospital policy manual
    • Staff/ employee compensation
  • Responsibility for management and oversight of existing and new practice management offerings to insure feasibility and sustainability with regards to materials being kept up to date and financial cost/ benefit to organization
  • Contribute content for publication in the E-newsletter (Examples: Practice management tips, Information on member benefits offered, links to online sources of information)
  • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director


Facility Certification Committee:

  • Chairperson appointed or reappointed by the President from among the members of the committee every two years.
  • Members: The size and membership of the committee will be determined by the chairperson and approved by the president and executive director.
  • Charges:
    • Maintenance of certification process
      • Review of applications and response to questions in a timely manner
      • Revisions/clarification of application documentation based on review and comments
      • Communication with membership
      • Provide informational documentation in online format for VECCS membership and public access
      • Develop an appeals system
  • Review and update of minimum requirements, applications documentation, and certification process concurrently with charge noted below
  • Development and implementation of recertification process/documentation
  • Ongoing evaluation and update of certification/recertification  process based standard of care, membership comments, and needs
  • Contribute content for publication in the E-newsletter (Examples: Information on facility certification, requirements, application process, list of certified/recently certified hospitals).
  • Provide written report of activities to the Board of Directors at regular intervals as determined by the President and Executive Director

 

Symposium Committee:

  • See bylaws

 

Finance Committee:

  • See bylaws

 

Publications Committee:

  • See bylaws.

KEY DATES
June 25, 2014: Call for proposals
October 1, 2014:  Deadline for 2015 Submissions

December 1, 2014: Acceptance notification sent to speakers

2015 Presentations admission is now closed.  If you submitted topics and they were not selected for IVECCS 2015, you will not receive an acceptance confirmation.  However, your topics will remain in the speaker database, and the information can be updated at any time for consideration for future meetings.  Preference will be given to active VECCS members, and all ACVECC speakers must be VECCS members to be considered. Compensation is based on number of hours presenting.

While 2015 submission is closed, you are welcome to submit topics at any time for future consideration.


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Elections for VECCS BOARD: The biannual election  for VECCS Board positions was held in July. The following are the results:

President – Dr Scott Johnson
President Elect – Dr Bob Messenger
Recording Secretary – Ken Yagi, RVT
Immediate past president – Dr Marie Kerl
Treasurer – Dr Cole Taylor
Member-at-large – Drs Diana Hassel & Steven Epstein

We know many of you wish to make a donation to honor the memory of Steve Haskins. On behalf of Steve’s family we have developed a fund in Steve’s name that will be administered by the VECCS board of directors. This is in addition to the VECCS Haskins memorial scholarship that has been previously announced. The fund will be used for endeavors such as grants for training or research and supporting speakers for international CE programs etc.

To make a donation please mail a check or money order payable to VECCS to the address below.  Credit card donations are also available via Paypal (you do not need to be a member of PayPal to use this service).  Please click the button below.

We would also like to invite people to send us photos, specific memories or quotes of Steve for use at IVECCS in September. Please send them to Harold Davis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Kate Hopper ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Mail Donation to:

VECCS
Dr. Steve Haskins Memorial Fund
6335 Camp Bullis Rd. #12
San Antonio, TX 78257

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