2017 HOD Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments

Resolutions and Bylaws amendments considered by the AVMA House of Delegates in 2017. Resolutions and Bylaws amendments are numbered in chronological order within the calendar year, based on the order in which they are received.

Winter Session: January 2017

Resolutions and proposed Bylaws amendments considered by the AVMA House of Delegates during the Winter Session in January 2017:


  • Resolution 1-2017 Financial Remuneration to Host City For AVMA Convention
  • Resolution 2-2017 Policy on Inherited Disorders in Responsible Breeding of Companion Animals
  • Resolution 3-2017 Amended Articles of Incorporation


Veterinary Information Forum - Topics

  • ​​Unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine -
    The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors refer review of the model veterinary practice act to the appropriate entities. The review could lead to the addition of language specific to unlicensed practice and/or development of an official policy on unlicensed practice.

    The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors consider developing a policy to encourage collaborative work with the United States Government regarding the proper utilization and employment of veterinarians to ensure food safety and security decisions are made with the highest consideration to public health.
  • Transparency in acceptance of sponsorships, rebates, equipment, and free goods - NO ACTION (considered to be adequately covered in the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics)
  • Telemedicine - The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors consider the recommendations contained in Section 8.1.a in the AVMA Practice Advisory Panel Final Report on Telemedicine be considered for inclusion in the Model Practice Act.

 Summer Session: 2017


  • Resolution 4-2017 Policy on Therapeutic Use of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Resolution 5-2017 Policy on the Veterinarian’s Role in Supporting Appropriate Selection and Use of Service, Assistance, and Therapy Animals
  • Resolution 6-2017 The Importance of Federal Veterinarians in Emergency Response
  • Resolution 7-The Importance of Veterinarians in Food Safety
  • Resolution 8-Handling of Companion Animal Remains
  • Resolution 9-Revised Policy on Veterinary Hospice Care
  • Resolution 10-Policy on Telemedicine
  • Resolution 11-Revised Model Veterinary Practice Act


Veterinary Information Forum - Topics

  • Marijuana Therapies for Animals
    The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors consider creating and disseminating informational pieces on:
    1.      The current legal status of cannabis as applied to practitioners;
    2.      Unified definitions of cannabis and its derivatives;
    3.      Current research available; and
    4.      The signs, symptoms, and treatment of cannabis toxicosis in animals for both practitioners and clients.
    The House APPROVED recommending that the AVMA Board of Directors investigate working with other research organizations and medical stakeholders to reclassify cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses.
  • Application and Definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship
    No Action
  • Prescription Monitoring Programs and Opioid Prescribing
    The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors encourage appropriate AVMA entities to develop model language pertaining to veterinarians’ involvement in state prescription drug monitoring programs and report back to the House of Delegates during the 2018 annual meeting.
    The House APPROVED recommending inclusion of:
    a)      Model language for waivers;
    b)      Information on how to positively interact with state boards of pharmacy;
    c)      Recommendations for reporting that is practical, reasonable, and realistic;
    d)      Development of appropriate software;
    e)      Methods for permanent identification for animals;
    f)       Veterinarians’ responsibility in monitoring;
    g)      Continuing education for veterinarians, such as best prescribing practices and identifying diversion and abuse;
    h)      Clarifying the differences between patients (in human medicine) and clients (in veterinary medicine) and the impact of HIPAA; and
    i)       What happens with the information, such as who is tracking the information or being notified.
  • Service and Assistance Animals
    The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors have educational materials on service and assistance animals created and made readily available to educate the public, veterinarians, businesses, and human medical professionals.
    The House APPROVED recommending that the AVMA advocate for unified definitions for service, assistance, and emotional support animals.
    The House APPROVED recommending that the Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions create a working group, to include human healthcare providers, to develop communication materials in support of the exchange of information between human healthcare providers and veterinarians.
    The House requested an update from the Board of Directors in January 2018 regarding the recommendations.
  • Careers in Public Veterinary Practice
    The House APPROVED recommending that the Board of Directors instruct Staff and the Vice President to, whenever possible, include information about careers in public veterinary practice and specifically the federal government and the Food Safety and Inspection Service when making presentations to veterinary students—sharing that information with veterinarians at other career stages is also recommended.