AVMA House of Delegates wrap-up, January 2014

The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) held its Regular Winter Session on January 10 and 11, during the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago. The outcomes of the HOD’s actions are below. For more in-depth information regarding the HOD meeting and the discussions, please read the JAVMA News article(s) in an upcoming issue of JAVMA.

Proposed Bylaws Amendment 1-2014, which would remove some requirements from the member application process in effort to eliminate barriers for veterinarians who want to belong to the AVMA, was adopted with a 93.3% vote in favor.

Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2-2014, which would focus the AVMA’s Mission and Objective statements on the membership, was referred to the Executive Board for clarification of language with instruction to return with a recommendation to the HOD at the 2014 regular session.

Resolution 1-2014, which would have recommended that the Executive Board initiate steps to cease the accreditation of foreign veterinary schools (those outside the U.S. and Canada) by the AVMA Council on Education, garnered a healthy discussion in the HOD. Several delegates stood to speak against the resolution, including the SAVMA president  and a delegate who is a foreign graduate. A number of delegates expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to discuss this issue in the HOD. The resolution was not adopted, with 79.9% voting against it.

Resolution 2-2014, which was submitted by member petition, requested that the AVMA adopt a position statement discouraging the feeding of jerky pet food products commonly known as jerky treats. The resolution was referred back to the AVMA Executive Board with the following recommendation: “rather than developing a policy, the AVMA encourage its members to provide input to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on incidents and conditions, which could be associated with pet food and treats; and continue to work with FDA to enhance efforts in safeguarding a healthy pet population through quality control of pet food and treats.”

Resolution 3-2013, which had been carried over from previous discussions, called for an AVMA policy that would state that “homeopathy has been identified as an ineffective practice and its use is discouraged.” The topic generated a significant amount of discussion at the 2013 Annual Session, as well as public debate about the proposed resolution. This resolution was not adopted, with 90.1% voting against it.

Resolution 4-2013, which would have granted admission of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture into the AVMA House of Delegates as a constituent allied veterinary organization, had also been deferred from a previous meeting in order to gather more information. Based on the information received, the HOD voted 96.6% in favor of admitting the AAVC into the HOD.

The HOD also continued discussions about the ongoing governance review. They were presented with the Governance Engagement Team’s modified proposal and provided an opportunity for facilitated discussion to provide additional feedback. More on this will be coming from other blog entries and JAVMA News.

7 thoughts on “AVMA House of Delegates wrap-up, January 2014

  1. My concern is about spay/neuter clinics that are operating as 501 C-3 corps. They are pricing services at a loss they can sustain because of charitible contributions. But they offer their services to the general public, regardless of their finances, and private clinics cannot compete.

  2. How can the AVMA be so out of touch with its membership? The patronizing comments by some of our delegates
    is insulting.

    We are facing the greatest threats to our profession since the ascendancy of the automobile a century ago, yet
    the AVMA continues to fiddle while Rome burns.

    We have NO business accrediting foreign schools – all “reasons” to do so are fallacious and specious. Help your membership first – foreign accreditation only hurts us.

    • Greg,

      I agree that the AVMA’s sole focus should be to represent their dues paying members. I mean, that is why they collect dues from us, right?

      If foreign accreditation is the best thing since sliced bread, how about allowing the task force on foreign accreditation to evaluate any and all positive and NEGATIVE impact on the US veterinary profession.

      First, do no harm, right?

  3. I am very disappointed in the failure of the homeopathy resolution and the clueless acceptance of acupuncture. I guess scientific rigor has been replaced by faith-based medicine and political correctness in the AVMA. Now that the GHLIT no longer provides health insurance, I see no purpose in my membership. I think it is time to start a new organization that returns to veterinary medicine’s scientific roots. The embrace of “nosodes” and unmeasurable “meridians” would be laughable, if it wasn’t such an insult to those of us practicing real medicine.

  4. I am extremely disappointed that resolutions 1 and 3 were not adopted and am frankly thinking of discontinuing my AVMA membership

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