As members of your AVMA House of Delegates prepare for their regular winter meeting in January, this is an opportunity for you to find your delegate’s contact information through our online HOD Directory and let them know what’s on your mind.
The HOD, which is composed of AVMA members from 70 principle and allied veterinary organizations, helps set policy for the association. It is made up of one delegate and one alternate delegate from each organization represented. It convenes each summer at the AVMA Annual Convention and each winter at the Veterinary Leadership Conference.
This winter, the HOD’s regularly scheduled Informational Meeting will include an open forum for HOD members to bring your ideas and concerns before the entire body. So, if you have any thoughts about the state of the profession or your national, state or allied groups, this is a great time to use that HOD Directory and, if you aren’t already aware, find out who represents you. Once you find the right people, you’re encouraged to give them a call or send them an email to share your thoughts and concerns.
The HOD will consider proposed revisions to the AVMA policy on Free-roaming Abandoned and Feral Cats, based on the AVMA Board of Directors’ recommendation to approve the proposed revisions. The policy, with its proposed revisions, will be posted on our website in the next few weeks.
Your HOD members will also hear updates from AVMA leadership during their meeting, everything from reports from the president and treasurer, to our Political Action Committee and our trusts, and on topics such as veterinary economics, wellness and student debt. If you have a desire to weigh-in on any of these topics, feel free to do that, too. Your delegates want to hear what you have to say.
A few days after the HOD meeting, we’ll post on our blog and then share through the AVMA@Work Newsletter, a recap of the HOD meeting and the actions your delegates took. We also plan to provide you even more details in January about your HOD delegates and how you can better interact with them. It’s just one more way that we are trying to better connect you with your representatives so that you can share your voice and stay abreast of what the AVMA and its volunteer leaders are doing for you.