WHAT IS PVA-L?
PVA-L is an Email Discussion List for Professional Veterinary Acupuncturists. We welcome qualified applicants. Please pass the word to qualified colleagues. When we interact in numbers, we increase our professional skill and knowledge and our international influence.
PVA-L admission is by invitation only. Membership has two categories, (a) Full and (b) Associate.
(a) FULL Membership is confined to State-Licensed Veterinarians with expertise in veterinary acupuncture. Applicants must:
be certified by the Secretary of IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) at <IvasOffice@aol.com>, or be certified by the Secretary of their National Veterinary Acupuncture Society (see the International Veterinary Acupuncture Directory), or have at least 5 years' experience of veterinary acupuncture, and use it routinely.
(b) ASSOCIATE Membership is confined to three categories:
Tenured Academics experienced in animal AP (research scientists, teachers or academic staff at Third Level Institutions, including TCM Schools or AP Colleges), or Retired Veterinarians, sponsored by three full PVA-L Members as having experience of AP that may be of use to PVA-L, or Senior Vet Students may learn by partaking in PVA-L discussions but they may NOT use this gift to support illegal claims to competence to practise Veterinary Medicine, of which AP is just a small part.
Student applicants must:
be at least in year 4 of Vet School, know basic AP, and be sponsored by bona-fide Teachers of AP, recognised by IVAS, or by their National Vet AP Peers, or be at least in year 4 of Vet School, have passed at least 2 years of a Human AP Course recognised by IVAS, or their National Vet AP Peers, or their National Medical AP Society.
PVA-L is intended for professional scientific discussion. It shall not be used for advertising, product endorsements, or patients and pet owners seeking professional advice. Those who abuse membership privileges will be expelled.
The directory information required for subscription is for the sole use of the list owners in determining qualifications for list membership. The list owners will hold this information strictly confidential. It will not be given out or sold to any entity. A statistical summary of the information may be used in future communications of list demographics.
PVA-L is a private mailing list. Posts to the list are not edited, moderated, or checked for accuracy by any list owner. By joining the list and receiving messages, participants agree not to hold any list owner or administrator of PVA-L responsible, including events resulting from participation in the list. Participation includes, but is not limited to, receiving messages from the list, reading messages transmitted by the list, sending messages to the list, and making any contacts based upon information transmitted by the PVA-L mailing list.
The content on the list is intended to be read only by professionals in veterinary AP. No message or portion of any message can be redistributed or given to any person not on the list without the express consent of the person who posted the message. The ListMasters reserve the right to remove any member from the PVA-L list at their discretion, without notice at any time for any reason. This may include the removal of any member who consistently deviates from the list purpose, uses the list for commercial purposes, slanders a person or makes libellous statements, or uses language in such a way that is offensive in the judgement of the list owners.
We will try to educate members on the proper use of email programs as necessary. However, people who continually misdirect personal electronic mail responses or Listserv Commands to the whole list may be removed.
The ListMasters ask all PVA-Ls to pay special attention to the following Netiquette.
1. PVA-L is strictly for topics of direct interest to, or closely related to the work, theories, or problems of, professional veterinary acupuncturists.
2. Within those aims, all mail addressed to the List (firstname.lastname@example.org) should have some interest for the general membership. Please do NOT direct the message to the List if only a few members may be interested; instead, send it privately, off-list, to those who may be interested.
3. Unless you are raising a new list-topic, keep all posts to the List relevant to a previous thread. Always include the topic [thread] under discussion in the Subject Field of your mail.
4. When replying to a thread, delete all unnecessary salutations, endings, footnotes, etc., copied from previous mails. Paraphrase the text of a previous email to the essentials. Limit your copied excerpts to the key points under discussion.
5. Other Lists deal with CHM, homeopathy, osteopathy, general medicine, healing etc. Many PVA-Ls have little direct interest in those topics. Thus, though some PVA-Ls use or are studying those topics, please limit discussions on them to the essential theoretical or practical points, or send your messages on these points to individuals by direct private email, i.e. off the List.
6. Notices of upcoming events, courses, seminars, textbooks etc., should be just a few lines, if possible. A brief note, referring to the details elsewhere, is best. The ideal Notice would read: "Event X [give title, sponsor(s) and date]: for details, see the Veterinary Events Page, or contact: [give e-mail address(es)].
7. Unless they are directly relevant to PVA-L discussions, it is better to send Book Reviews, Abstracts, detailed Clinical Case Histories etc., for publication in the Web Journal of Acupuncture. Preferably, e-mail such texts direct to the ListMasters, but not to the List.
8. Do not send simple "I agree..." or "I disagree ..." posts to the List, unless your mail can substantially add to, or develop, the thread. If you want to support someone's view with a simple "I agree ...", or "I disagree ...", please write to the person privately, off the List.
9. Spamming, flaming and general political philosophising are unacceptable. Offenders may be removed from the List. Do NOT raise, or relay, product advertising, requests to save the world etc. If these topics would interest individual members, please raise them with those individuals off the List.
Phil Rogers MRCVS