As the collective voice of the entire veterinary profession, our depth of member representation and diverse perspectives empower the AVMA to be the leading advocate for veterinarians and veterinary medicine. When we advance our shared interests, our efforts are stronger with your engagement. Your involvement is essential to our success.
The same is true for the AVMA Board of Directors, an elected body that works to protect, promote and advance your interests in numerous ways. As we seek nominations for two Board seats that are up for election in early 2017, the AVMA Board took action at its recent meeting to make it easier for you to learn about and get involved in Board elections. In an effort to broaden our candidate pool, and as we look for ways to enhance, ease and streamline your election experience, the Board approved changes to its Board Manual that call for a longer nomination period and more use of online technology to improve the election process.
This time around, nominations are being sought for election to the AVMA Board representing District 2 and District 6 to replace two current Board members whose terms will expire in July 2017. District 2 includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and District 6 includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
If you live in any of these states, we encourage you to consider bringing your perspectives to the campaign. Nominees must have been active members of the AVMA for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to the election and must reside in the district they wish to serve. Nominations are due Feb. 1, 2017. Voting begins March 1, 2017, and ends on March 31, 2017. Those elected will serve six-year terms to begin during AVMA Convention 2017, which will be held July 21-25 in Indianapolis, Ind.
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a candidate and the requirements for seeking a volunteer position on the AVMA Board, our Elections web page will help guide you through the entire process. You’ll find rules and instructions, nomination forms, and even a primer on our recent switch to electronic voting, which we used for the first time last spring.
If you have a desire and a passion to advocate for the interests of your colleagues, and for protecting and advancing veterinarians’ ability to provide crucial services, we invite you to explore today the possibility of candidacy for the AVMA Board of Directors. Your depth of perspective and understanding of the issues facing our profession are needed, and can help us more effectively advance our shared interests, values and goals.