2020 Annual Meeting
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2020 ACVP, ASVCP, and ISACP Concurrent Annual Meeting


June 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The ACVP Board of Directors met recently to continue discussing the 2020 combined ACVP, ASVCP, and  ISACP Annual Meetings in the context of the State of Illinois reopening guidelines and restrictions on  gathering sizes. Based on those guidelines, we will not be able to hold a large meeting such as ours in Chicago in October. As such, we must cancel the in-person meeting as permitted in our hotel contract in the  case of a force majeure event such as the pandemic.

This has been a tough decision and has been communicated to the ASVCP Executive Board and the ISACP  Executive Board. We will especially miss this year’s opportunity to partner with ISACP for an in-person  concurrent meeting.

Although an in-person Annual Meeting will not take place in 2020, we are currently planning to proceed with  a virtual meeting. Our Contingency Planning Task Force and the Annual Meeting Committee have  proactively explored options and weighed possibilities for a virtual format. This might include a virtual poster session and pre-recorded oral presentations, as well as live events to facilitate interaction and networking in  a virtual format.

This communication comes with our thanks for your interest in ACVP, ASVCP, and ISACP and your support as we grapple with transforming important continuing education content to a virtual format. We greatly regret  the loss of an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas in-person but look forward to a virtual meeting in 2020  and additional opportunities for interactions among our members throughout the year and during next year's ACVP / ASVCP Concurrent Annual Meeting in Seattle on October 30-November 2, 2021.

In the meantime, we wish you good health,

ACVP Board of Directors
ASVCP Executive Board
ISACP Executive Board


Future Annual Meeting Program Changes

ACVP appointed a Task Force on the Annual Meeting back in 2017 to explore options of changing the program schedule based on attendee feedback from the evaluation surveys. 


•The meeting will end on Tuesday evening with the ACVP Presidential Reception.  Attendees can enjoy the best networking event of the meeting and then fly home on Wednesday morning.

•The Plenary Session will take place on Sunday morning

•Programming has been added to Monday afternoon.

•There will be no post-meeting workshops.


•ASVCP sessions may change time periods but the sessions will remain the same.

•Posters will involve shorter presentation times that do not have any competition with the program. The Education Committee is considering poster tours, electronic posters, focused posters and other additions to make these sessions attractive and exciting.


There will be multiple, shorter career, leadership, and education sessions.


Here are the key program pieces that will remain the same:

The meeting will begin with multiple pre-meeting workshops starting on Saturday morning (at an extra fee).  Some workshops may be half-day, during the same time period.

•The focused groups and veterinary students will be represented with abstract submissions.  ACVP will also continue to accept late-breaking abstracts. 

•The Plenary session and Concurrent sessions will offer cutting-edge topics.


We look forward to receiving your feedback on this new format.



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