Welcome to www.vccis.org. The www.vccis.org website (the “Site”) is comprised of various web pages operated by Veterinary & Comparative Clinical Immunology Society (“VCCIS”). VCCIS is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the “Terms”). Your use of the VCCIS site constitutes your agreement to all such Terms. Please read these terms carefully, and keep a copy of them for your future reference.
www.vccis.org is a Non-Profit site.
VCCIS endeavors to advance knowledge creation and dissemination in this nascent clinical discipline, thus raising its profile and potential to drive healthcare innovation in companion animals, particularly dogs and cates, and people – in other words, pets and “pet parents.”
The Society aspires to deliver on this goal by means of the following objectives:
Visiting www.vccis.org or sending emails to VCCIS constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. You acknowledge that VCCIS is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account. VCCIS and its associates reserve the right to refuse or cancel service, terminate accounts, or remove or edit content in our sole discretion.
Children Under Thirteen
VCCIS does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If you are under 18, you may use www.vccis.org only with permission of a parent or guardian.
Cancellation / Refund Policy
You may cancel your membership at any time. Any cancellations made after 60 days of service will not qualify for a refund. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Links to Third Party Sites / Third Party Services
www.vccis.org may contain links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of VCCIS and VCCIS is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. VCCIS is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by VCCIS of the site or any association with its operators.
Certain services made available via www.vccis.org are delivered by third party sites and organizations. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the www.vccis.org domain, you hereby acknowledge and consent that VCCIS may share such information and data with any third party with whom VCCIS has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of www.vccis.org users and customers.
No Unlawful or Prohibited Use / Intellectual Property
All content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of VCCIS or its suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. VCCIS content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal us, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of VCCIS and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of VCCIS or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
Use of Communication Services
The Site may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, “Communication Services”). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not: defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others; publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name material or information; upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents; upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer; advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages; conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters; download any file posted by another use of a Communication Service that you know or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such matter; falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or sources of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded; restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services; violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service; harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, without their consent; violate any applicable laws or regulations.
VCCIS has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, VCCIS reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. VCCIS reserves the right, including email addresses, without their consent; violate any applicable laws or regulations.
VCCIS reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in VCCIS’ sole discretion.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. VCCIS does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, VCCIS specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized VCCIS spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of VCCIS.
Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you upload the materials.
User Content and Restrictions
The Communication Services may enable users to submit, upload, post, share, display, or transmit to other users (hereinafter, “post”) ideas, information, materials, and other user-generated content and interact with others through the comment areas, forums, message boards, and similar user-to-user areas. You may not post any User Content that:
Community Rules and Etiquette
VCCIS communities are open forums for VCCIS members to freely share their knowledge and questions about veterinary specialty medicine. All members are welcome to participate. By joining and using our Site, you agree that you have read and will comply with the User Content restrictions. Community Rules are as follows:
Etiquette Rules are as follows:
The Site does Not Provide Medical Advice or Referrals
The Content is for information purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you’ve read on the Site.
VCCIS is unable to offer medical referrals. Consult a local veterinarian for health questions and recommendations for specialty providers.
Materials provide to www.vccis.org or Posted on Any VCCIS Web Page
VCCIS does not claim ownership of the materials your provide to www.vccis.org (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any VCCIS Site or our associated services (collectively, “Submissions”). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting VCCIS, our affiliated companies and necessary sub-licensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with the Submission.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. VCCIS is under no obligation to post or use any Submission your may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in VCCIS’s sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission and described in this section including, without limitation, all of the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.
The Service is controlled, operated and administered by VCCIS from our offices with the USA. If you access the Service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the VCCIS Content accessed through www.vccis.org in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless VCCIS, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. VCCIS reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by your, in which event you will fully cooperate with VCCIN in asserting any available defenses.
In the event the parties are not able to resolve any dispute between them arising out of our concerning these Terms and Conditions, or any provisions hereof, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise at law or in equity for damages or any other relief, then such dispute shall be resolved only by final and binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, conducted by a single neutral arbitrator and administered by the American Arbitration Association, or a similar arbitration service selected by the parties, in a location mutually agreed upon by the parties. The arbitrator’s award shall b final, and judgment may be entered upon it in any court having jurisdiction. In the event that any legal or equitable action, proceeding or arbitration arises out of or concerns theses Terms and Conditions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and reasonable attorney’s fees. The parties agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims in regards to these Terms and Conditions, whether directly or indirectly, including Tort claims that are a result of these Terms and Conditions. The parties agree that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. The entire dispute, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision shall be determined by the Arbitrator. This arbitration provision shall survive the termination of these Terms and Conditions.
Class Action Waiver
Any arbitration under these Terms and Conditions will take place on an individual basis; class arbitrations and class/representative/collective actions are not permitted. THE PARTIES AGREE THAT A PARTY MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN EACH’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PUTATIVE CLASS, COLLECTIVE AND/OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING, SUCH AS IN THE FORM OF A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION AGAINST THE OTHER. Further, unless both you and VCCIS agree otherwise, the arbitrator my not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, CHANGES ARE PERIODCALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VETERINARY & COMPARATIVE CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY SOCIETY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/ORCHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
VETERINARY & COMPARATIVE CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY SOCIETY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANT OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. VETERINARY & COMPARATIVE CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY SOCIETY AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Termination / Access Restriction
VCCIS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Pennsylvania in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and VCCIS as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. VCCIS’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is derogation of VCCIS’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by BCCIS with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to the applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely mates the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.
Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and VCCIS with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and VCCIS with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated an maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents by written in English.
Changes to Terms
VCCIS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms under which www.vccis.org is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. VCCIS encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.
VCCIS welcomes your questions or comments regarding the terms:
Veterinary & Comparative Clinical Immunology Society
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Notice to California Residents
If you are a California resident, in accordance with California Civil Code §1789.3, you may report complaints to the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by contact them in writing at 1625 N Market Blvd, Ste N-112, Sacramento CA 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210.
Effective March 1, 2021