At its meeting on January 10-11, 2014, the AVMA House of Delegates will take action on two proposed bylaws amendments and one proposed resolution.
Proposed bylaws amendment 1-2014, submitted by the AVMA Executive Board, alters the requirements for membership in the AVMA. According to the statement included in the proposal, this would “remove unnecessary requirements from the AVMA member application process in an effort to eliminate barriers for veterinarians who want to belong to the AVMA.”
Proposed bylaws amendment 2-2014, submitted by 8 state veterinary medical associations and 3 allied veterinary organizations, changes the AVMA’s mission and objectives. According to the statement, the AVMA’s current mission and objective “fails to include the membership as its primary focus.”
Proposed Resolution 1-2014, submitted by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, calls for a cessation of accreditation of non-U.S. and non-Canadian veterinary schools by the AVMA Council on Education. The proposed resolution states that the COE’s focus should be to “continually improve the quality of the graduates, programs, and institutions of Domestic and Canadian veterinary Colleges” and that the foreign accreditation process is “resource intensive” and “logistically challenging.”
AVMA and SAVMA members who would like to voice their input on these proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions should do so by contacting their HOD delegates. Don’t know who your delegates are? You can look them up in the “My AVMA Leaders” page in the Member Center section of the website.
We will be live-tweeting the HOD meeting on our @AVMAvets Twitter feed and I will post a wrap-up AVMA@Work blog entry with a summary of the outcomes once the meeting has concluded. JAVMA News will provide more in-depth coverage of the HOD meeting in a future issue of JAVMA.