Update Jan 7: post edited to correct the number of the reference committee (6, not 2) and add their recommendation. KAM
During today’s House of Delegates Winter Session, the AVMA House of Delegates discussed and voted on a resolution that stirred much controversy among our members and the public.
Resolution 3, submitted by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), proposed that AVMA have a policy that states homeopathy is an ineffective practice and that its use as a veterinary therapy be discouraged.
At the Executive Board meeting on Friday, the Board voted to recommend against the resolution. The Board’s input is considered by the HOD, but the HOD vote determines the outcome. The House Advisory Committee recommended that the resolution be referred to the Executive Board, with a recommendation that the Board refer it to the Council on Veterinary Service. Reference Committee 6 reviewed the proposed resolution and concurred with the House Advisory Committee.
The HOD voted (majority vote) to refer the resolution to the Executive Board, with recommendation to refer it to the Council on Veterinary Services for consideration in the spring.
The wheels are already in motion to provide avenues for member and public comment on this. Please be patient and give us some time to get the mechanism in place. I assure you that we will provide ample time for responses and we will announce the opportunity here, online and in our social media channels.
To those members who expressed that they would not renew their membership and to those who said they wouldn’t become AVMA members if this resolution passed, I offer something to consider: only AVMA members can provide input into AVMA policies. Thanks to our new website and the hard work of our Online Services and IT departments, we now have open commenting periods on ALL professional policies, which allows AVMA members to provide input on any policy at any time. If you’re not a member, you don’t have a voice in AVMA policy-making decisions. Forfeiting or forgoing membership takes away your opportunity to express your opinions and contribute to the incredible variety of views that we need for open dialog about issues relevant to the profession. As a member, you have channels through which you can provide input and help shape the outcome of policies, instead of being a bystander. Please consider that when you make your decision about membership.