COLLEGE SEAL & MOTTO In mythology, the rise and fall of the sun symbolized the struggle between the gods of light and darkness. Man, or course, was ever hopeful that light would prevail and eternally triumph. Thus, the champion of light was usually represented by an animal with awesome qualities. Horus, the falcon god of ancient Egypt, fulfilled that role. His importance was further emphasized by the double crown upon his head, an indication of his supremacy over both the upper and lower kingdoms of ancient Egypt.
The seal embodies a likeness of the statue of Horus at Edfu superimposed upon a field of black within a pyramid; a representation of his role as the conqueror of darkness in Egyptian mythology. The motto, "...that light shall prevail over darkness," is the final phrase of a sentence aptly describing the meaningfulness of Horus.
USE OF SEAL, LOGO AND TRADEMARKS OF THE ACVO The use of the ACVO logo and its legal trademarks are only allowed by Active, Honorary and Emeritus Diplomates of the College. InActive Diplomates, companies including sponsors, are not allowed to use trademarks without express written permission. A Diplomate meeting one of the categories above may use the following as long as they remain Active in the ACVO (until otherwise notified).
The logo as shown above is the express property of the ACVO and should only be used for official ACVO business, not by its Diplomates. If you wish to use a form of the ACVO logo on your documents, please contact us for the "Diplomate version" of the logo. Otherwise the below marks may be used as desired on promotional materials:
Registered trademarks (both upper and lower case) include:
1) Seal of the Horus in the triangle.
2) The logo (as shown above), in its entirety.
3) "American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists"
5) "Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists"
6) "DACVO" (The proper designation to place after ones' name in credentials, once earned and bestowed.)
7) "...that light shall prevail over darkness..."
8) "Veterinary Ophthalmology" (Referring to the journal publication.)