It was a busy couple of days when the AVMA Executive Board met last month at AVMA headquarters here in suburban Chicago.
The Board took action on 28 AVMA professional policies, including proposed new policies, policies presented for reaffirmation, policies with proposed revisions and policies to be rescinded. Four policies, links to which can be found below, were referred to the AVMA House of Delegates in resolution form for deliberation at the HOD Winter Session January 5 during the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference. These include:
- A new policy on livestock handling tools
- Revisions to the existing policy on canine devocalization
- Revisions to the existing policy on pluripotent stem cells
- Revisions to the existing policy on microchipping/electronic identification
The HOD also will consider three proposed resolutions and one bylaws amendment that were submitted by three state VMAs and the AVMA House Advisory Committee. The proposals will be discussed in reference committees, and the final decision on each will be made by the full House of Delegates. Any resolution that is passed will become AVMA policy, and any amendment approved will alter the bylaws of the association.
Resolution 1, submitted by the Maine, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Vermont veterinary medical associations, proposes an amendment to the House of Delegates Manual to remove designated professional category requirements from membership in the House Advisory Committee (HAC), and instead make all HAC positions at-large, with no more than one representative from the same state or allied group on the committee.
Resolution 2, which was submitted by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, is a proposed revision of the definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.
Resolution 3, submitted by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, proposes that the AVMA have a policy that states homeopathy is an ineffective practice and that its use as a veterinary therapy be discouraged. Two attachments also have been submitted: a white paper titled “The Case Against Homeopathy,” and a document with the current AVMA Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine.
Bylaws Amendment 1, submitted by the AVMA House Advisory Committee, proposes a change to how notification of bylaws amendments will be made to members. Its intent is to expand publication options designed to communicate the intent to amend AVMA bylaws.
AVMA members who would like to provide their input on any or all of the proposed resolutions and amendments should contact their HOD delegates. Your delegates and their contact information can be found by selecting the “My AVMA Leaders” link in the Member Center on the AVMA website. Because the AVMA is a member organization, only AVMA members are allowed to provide direct input to HOD representatives.
As a federation of 68 state, territorial and allied veterinary medical groups, the AVMA is partially governed by the HOD, whose membership helps set association policies. The HOD consists of one delegate and one alternate delegate from each organization represented. The group convenes each summer at the AVMA Annual Convention and each winter at the Veterinary Leadership Conference.
If you’d like to attend the VLC, the deadline for registration is December 21. More information can be found on the Veterinary Leadership Conference pages on our website.