The AVMA House of Delegates will take action on two proposed bylaws amendments and six proposed resolutions at its Winter Session, which will be held during the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago in January 2015.
- Proposed Bylaws Amendment 1-2015 Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities would revise the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA; the accrediting body for veterinary technology programs) so that the CVTEA would no longer require AVMA Board of Directors approval for changes to the Accreditation Policies and Procedures. These revisions emulate best accreditation practices.
- Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2-2015 AVMA Mission addresses ongoing efforts to revise the AVMA’s Mission Statement. According to the statement, the new mission addresses the results and findings of the ongoing Strategy Management Process.
- Resolution 1-2015 Transportation of Research Animals would establish AVMA policy supporting the humane transportation of animals for the purposes of biomedical research, testing and education. This resolution was submitted by the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners.
- Resolution 2-2015 Expand Weighted Voting in the HOD would allow AVMA members to select any entity currently seated in the House of Delegates to represent them. This resolution was submitted by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association.
- Resolution 3-2015 Revised Policy on Veterinary Participation in Spay-Neuter Clinics was submitted by the AVMA Board of Directors. According to the statement, the revisions would reflect the evolution of veterinary service and clarify the current professional expectations for those services in spay-neuter clinics. Also according to the statement, the revised policy is consistent with the standards of practice described by guidelines of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
- Resolution 4-2015 Revised Policy on Antimicrobial Use Guidelines would establish AVMA policy on antimicrobial use guidelines for companion animal practitioners. The policy was drafted by the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice.
- Resolution 5-2015 Policy on Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats would establish AVMA policy endorsing the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases’ 2014 Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats.
- Resolution 6-2015 Policy on Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Superficial Pyoderma in Dogs and Cats would establish AVMA policy endorsing the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases’ 2014 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Therapy of Canine Superficial Bacterial Folliculitis.
In addition, there are two items of unfinished business that were carried over from 2014 that will be discussed:
- Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2-2014 AVMA Mission Statement and Objectives was referred to the Board of Directors at the HOD Annual Session in July 2014. For more information on this topic, please read the statement about the proposed Bylaws Amendment 2-2015.
- Resolution 8-2014 Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics was referred to the Board of Directors, and then back to the Judicial Council, for revisions. The revised document will be presented to the HOD in January for action.
AVMA members are encouraged to provide their input on these proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions, and now is the time to be heard by your House of Delegates representatives. Don’t know who your representatives are? You can easily find out by going to the My AVMA Leaders link in the Member Center area of the AVMA website. Your delegates’ names and contact information will be provided to you once you’re logged in to the site.