April AVMA Board of Directors Meeting Wrap-Up

The AVMA Board of Directors held its spring meeting on April 9-11, 2015. In all, the board approved seven new policies; reaffirmed two professional policies; approved revisions to seven policies; rescinded three policies; and referred four proposed new policies or proposed revised policies back to committee or to the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) for consideration at its July annual meeting. 

Highlights of the meeting are described in this AVMA@Work blog post.

Several actions have particular significance to state and allied VMAs:

  • The Board approved a policy on cooperative economic research efforts between AVMA and VMAs. The AVMA is offering to work with veterinary organizations to research various veterinary practice types in an effort to develop the markets for veterinarians and veterinary services. This type collaborative approach provides an efficient way to collect data to better understand specific veterinary segments within each state or discipline.
  • The Board referred to the HOD with a recommendation for approval a measure to support inclusion of veterinary pharmacology courses in professional pharmacy curricula and continuing education programs for licensed pharmacists.
  • The Board referred to the HOD with a recommendation for approval proposed revisions to the AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics to clarify the section on veterinary testimonials and revise the section addressing role of receiving veterinarian.
  • The Board approved a revised Model Euthanasia Authorization Form. Revisions include changing several of the field names to improve clarity of the form; modifying a statement on individual cremation preferences; and including a statement that remains may or may not be able to be returned after conducting a necropsy of the patient.

The AVMA Board of Directors' next meeting is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the AVMA Convention on July 8, 2015 in Boston, MA.