Note: this post was updated to correct an error – the final, approved versions of the compounding policies did NOT include a recommendation for approved lists. I apologize for my error on this. KAM
The Executive Board held their June meeting from June 6-8. Strategic discussions were held on June 6 and June 8, and the business meeting took place on June 7. The business meeting begins with reference committee meetings, where they have preliminary discussions about the items up for action. The reference committees review the items and make a preliminary recommendation for Board action. If the reference committee unanimously approves the item, it goes on the consent agenda. Unless it is removed from the consent agenda for further discussion by the Board as a whole (which can happen any time before the vote is made on the consent agenda), it may be approved in bulk with the other items when the Board approves the consent agenda. It may seem complicated, but it’s actually a very effective way to streamline the Board meeting.
The Executive Board approved revisions to the following policies:
- The Elephant Guides and Tethers policy was revised to improve technical accuracy, emphasize critical statements, accommodate for restraint needs during medical evaluation, and recognize that different management techniques vary in their suitability for application.
- The Swine Castration policy was revised to address new technology in immunocastration.
- The Transport of Dogs in Open Cargo areas of Pickup Trucks policy was revised to widen the scope to address all motor vehicles (as opposed to only trucks), address safety and restraint. The policy was renamed as a result of the revisions.
- The Model Rabies Control Ordinance was revised to improve its technical accuracy and make it more consistent in format and language with other AVMA model ordinances.
Four new policies were approved:
- Transport, Sale Yard Practices and Humane Slaughter of Hoofstock and Poultry supersedes the existing policy titled Transport, Sale Yard Practices, and Humane Slaughter of Livestock and revises the policy to include poultry; address transport, biosecurity, health, safety, welfare, and the mixing of animals; and provide more guidance.
- Veterinary Compounding addresses the need for veterinary compounding and recommends that veterinarians be able to keep sufficient quantities of meds for urgent/emergency use. It also recommends clear labeling and oversight, such as USP standards.
- Compounding from Unapproved (Bulk) Substances in Food Animals addresses the need for compounded medications for certain uses in food animals. It also emphasizes that a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) is required.
- Compounding from Unapproved (Bulk) Substances in Non-Food Animals recognizes the medical necessity of compounded medications in certain situations emphasizes that a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) is required.
The new and revised policies will be posted on our website over the coming few weeks.
The Board referred the following items to the House of Delegates for consideration and action at their Annual Session in July:
- Relocation of Pets for Adoption policy, which addresses proper planning to address health, welfare issues and emergencies when animals are transported from one area to another to facilitate adoption.
- A resolution that the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) be admitted to the House of Delegates as an allied constituent organization.
The policy on Compounding from Unapproved (Bulk) Substances was rescinded because it was superseded by a new policy.
The Board also took action on recommendations from the Legislative Advisory Committee regarding AVMA positions on federal legislation. The outcomes of these votes determine how the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division allots its resources and efforts during the year.
A big outcome of the meeting was the acceptance of the report from the Task Force on AVMA Governance and Member Participation. The Task Force’s final report has been provided to the House of Delegates and will be discussed at their Annual Session in July. The report will be posted in its entirety on the AVMA website, and we’ll also convert it to e-reader-friendly formats in the near future. With the delivery of their report, the Task Force is officially sunset. A team will be appointed to strategize and develop a plan for the implementation of the new governance structure.
For more information about the Board meeting and decisions, look for upcoming JAVMA News articles.