President’s Update – Executive Board meetings

Many of you may not realize the rigorous schedule of meetings your Executive Board members attend and the enormous amount of material of a most diverse nature on which they must deliberate.  Recently, the November meeting was scheduled from November 10-12, Thursday through Saturday (from Wednesday for some of us!).  Here are some of the agenda items:

  • Treasurer’s report for monitoring of the AVMA’s $30 million operating budget, including in each of the 11 Divisions, and financial investments;
  • Monitoring the progress of the AVMA’s website redesign, an enormous and complex project;
  • Recommendations from the Economic Vision Steering Committee, including a statement on workforce and funding an intial workforce study to get some accurate reflection of the job market;
  • Report from your American Veterinary Medical Foundation, achieving a 4-STAR rating on Charity Navigator!
  • Review of several policies from your Animal Welfare Division;
  • Review of several policies from your Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents (COBTA);
  • Review of several policies relating to Disaster and Emergency Issues;
  • Review of the ever-increasing issues related to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine, including aquatic ecosystems;
  • Review of the reports from the Governmental Performance Review Committee, which interviews members of all AVMA entities on a regular basis to evaluate their entitys’ effectiveness;
  • Review of the Legislative Advisory Committee’s recommendations for classification of action taken on a variety of federal bills that affect veterinary medicine (this time there were 22).  These five classifications (AVMA Legislative Scoring System) include either support, non-support, active pursuit if passage or defeat, and no action; 
  • Review of issues from the Committee in International Veterinary Affairs, relating to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE), World Veterinary Association, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (AVMA is a new member of WSAVA) and the North American Veterinary Leaders meeting;
  • Items from the Council on Research;
  • Items from the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine (CPHRVM); and
  • Review of the draft of a revised Model Practice Act, and the formation of a working group to continue to redefine the VCPR to name a few!

I would be happy to discuss any of these with you, answer questions, or refer you to someone that can answer them if I can’t.  Thank  you for being a member.  I assure you, we are working hard on behalf of veterinary medicine and for you, our members.

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