|ACT Secretary Position|
The Secretary is responsible for some correspondence with the examination candidates, potential candidates and Diplomates with the assistance from the office of the Executive Director. Communication between the Secretary and the ACT office is essential. The Secretary serves on the Certifying Examination Committee and as a liaison to the ACT Executive Board. The Secretary helps create and administer the Certifying Examination, informing candidates of their pass/fail status, and collating and disseminating analysis of the examination for unsuccessful candidates. There is a substantial time commitment involved in working on this committee. Members of the committee are assigned a number of essay and multiple choice questions to edit and review for correctness of content, wording and understandability (10-20 hours). The Secretary is strongly encouraged to become very familiar with details of the application process for the Certifying Examination and study through the mentorship, graduate or residency routes as described in the GIG on the ACT website (www.theriogenology.org). The Secretary is encouraged to become very familiar with the Constitution and By-Laws of the ACT available on the website. Finally, the Secretary and ACT office are responsible for helping complete the annual report to the American Board of Veterinary Specialties. This process is spearheaded by the ACT representative to ABVS, who may ask the Secretary to update information about the current examination process and candidate results.
Winter business meeting – The business meeting of the ACT and a subsequent joint meeting with the SFT are usually held in mid to late January. The winter business meetings occur in the city in which the SFT/ACT Annual Conference will be located later that year. The Secretary will also attend the joint meeting for the Executive Boards of the ACT and SFT.
Winter Certifying Examination Committee meeting – The committee usually meets in early January, for 3-4 days, at which time the members create the Certifying Examination for that fall. Location of the meeting may vary but is normally held near St. Augustine, Florida.
Administration of examination and business meetings at SFT/ACT Annual Conference – The Certifying Examination is administered during the two days preceding the conference. Business meetings of the ACT and a joint meeting of the ACT and SFT are also held during these days. The Secretary’s primary responsibility, if there is a conflict of schedules, is to grade the examination. The Secretary may be asked to compare the expected score on some questions, as determined by the Certifying Examination Committee, with actual scores from successful and unsuccessful candidates upon completion of the examination.