There are three proposed bylaws amendments and four proposed resolutions on the agenda for the 2015 Annual Session of the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD), to be held on July 8-9, 2015. AVMA members are encouraged to contact their HOD delegates to provide their input on any or all of these proposed amendments or resolutions.
Proposed Bylaws Amendment 3-2015, Board of Directors would change the term of AVMA Board of Directors members from 4 years to 6 years. The term was changed from 6 years to 4 years in 2014, but the Board of Directors believe that a term of 6 years is most beneficial to function and performance.
Proposed Bylaws Amendment 4-2015, Council on Research would expand the 2 positions representing academic veterinary medicine to include individuals heading either Departments of Comparative Medicine or Veterinary Sciences .
Proposed Bylaws Amendment 5-2015, Board of Governors would expand the Board of Governors (BOG) to include the Immediate Past President and Board of Directors Vice Chair. The BOG is currently composed of the President, President-Elect and Board of Directors Chair.
Resolution 7-2015, Revised Policy on Use of Random-Source Dogs and Cats for Research, Testing and Education would revise the existing policy to emphasize the importance of ensuring the good welfare of random-source dogs and cats used for research, testing and education; clearly acknowledge that scientific justification is required to support their use; and encourage options for acquisition beyond Class B dealers. This resolution was submitted by the BOD.
Resolution 8-2015, Policy on Veterinary Pharmacology Education for Pharmacists would adopt a policy that would advocate for education of pharmacists regarding veterinary pharmacology in order to protect pet health and reduce errors. This resolution was submitted by the BOD.
Resolution 9-2015, Revised Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics provides revisions to the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics in response to concerns expressed by AVMA legal counsel and other considerations. This resolution was submitted by the BOD. This resolution is in response to discussion of Resolution 8-2014, which was referred back to the BOD in July 2014 and returned to the HOD in January 2015.
Resolution 10-2015, Voting Transparency would allow all AVMA members to know how HOD representatives voted on all issues. This resolution was submitted by the New Hampshire VMA.