Update 11/30/2012: the AVMA Executive Board has also referred four professional policies to the HOD for action at the Winter Session. Two attachments for Resolution 3-2013 have also been submitted (see below).
The AVMA House of Delegates Winter Session will be held on January 5, 2013, in conjunction with the Veterinary Leadership Conference in downtown Chicago.
Three resolutions and one bylaws amendment have been proposed. The proposals will be discussed in reference committees, and the final decision on each will be made by the full House of Delegates. Any resolution that is passed will become AVMA policy, and any amendment approved will alter the bylaws of the association.
Resolution 1, submitted by the Maine, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Vermont veterinary medical associations, proposes an amendment to the House of Delegates Manual to remove designated professional category requirements from membership in the House Advisory Committee (HAC), and instead make all HAC positions at-large, with no more than one representative from the same state or allied group on the committee.
Resolution 2, which was submitted by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, is a proposed revision of the definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.
Resolution 3, submitted by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, proposes that AVMA have a policy that states homeopathy is an ineffective practice and that its use as a veterinary therapy be discouraged. Two attachments have also been submitted: a white paper titled “The Case Against Homeopathy,” and a document with the current AVMA Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine.
Bylaws Amendment 1, submitted by the AVMA House Advisory Committee, proposes a change to how notification of bylaws amendments will be made to members. Its intention is to expand publication options designed to communicate the intent to amend AVMA bylaws.
AVMA members who would like to provide their input on any or all of the proposed resolutions and amendments should contact their HOD delegates. Your delegates and their contact information can be found by selecting the “My AVMA Leaders” link in the Member Center on the AVMA website. Because the AVMA is a member organization, only AVMA members are allowed to provide direct input to HOD representatives.
As a federation of 68 state, territorial and allied veterinary medical groups, the AVMA is partially governed by the HOD, whose membership helps set association policies. The HOD consists of one delegate and one alternate delegate from each organization represented. The group convenes each summer at the AVMA Annual Convention and each winter at the Veterinary Leadership Conference.
If you’d like to attend the VLC, the deadline for registration is December 21. More information can be found on the Veterinary Leadership Conference pages on our site.