January 2017 Board of Directors meeting summary

By: Dr. Mark Helfat, Board of Directors Chair; Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA President; Dr. David Ylander, House Advisory Committee Chair; Dr. Janet Donlin, AVMA Executive Vice President

The AVMA Board of Directors met Jan. 12 during the association’s annual Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Among the Board’s actions was postponement of a vote on a proposed AVMA policy related to telemedicine. The postponement provides an opportunity for the AVMA to publish the report on its website and allow AVMA members to provide comment before the Board votes on the policy in April.

The Board also:

  • Approved a revised policy on Compendium of Measures to Control Chlamydophila psittaci Infections Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis).
  • Approved a revised policy on Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership.
  • Approved AVMA sponsorship for the 2017 International Association for Aquatic Animal Health Conference and the 2018 International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health.
  • Voted to disapprove a recommendation from the AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials to provide media training to the committee, and instead expressed its support for the AVMA to conduct a comprehensive examination of onboarding and media training of volunteers and implement a consistent policy related to media training for all AVMA entities.
  • Approved funding for an AVMA subject-matter expert volunteer to attend the 2017 American College of Poultry Veterinarians continuing education workshop.
  • Accepted the final report of the AVMA Hormone Use in Production Animals Working Group.
  • Approved sun-setting an AVMA Working Group on Volunteer Engagement consisting of three members and replacing it with a broader Working Group on Volunteer Engagement of five members.
  • Approved concluding the Advisory Panel Pilot Program as proposed in accordance with the panel’s creation in 2015.
  • Approved travel to Cuba for AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer and AVMA Board Member Dr. Jose Arce so that they may meet with representatives of both the national Cuban veterinary association and key regional associations in an effort to build on established relationships with the aim of developing cooperative exchange programs between AVMA members and Cuban veterinarians.
  • Approved an official charter recognizing a Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.
  • Approved funding for an outside legal consultant to finalize draft legislative language pursuant to the Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation’s recommendation for a federal-level legislative proposal related to animal drug compounding.
  • Voted to appoint Dr. Gilbert Patterson, representing the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, to the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee.

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