The Student American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates convened at the AVMA Annual Convention.
The Student AVMA House of Delegates tackled the humane use of animals in education and the economic state of the veterinary profession during its final meeting of 2002 at the AVMA Annual Convention in Nashville.
At the meeting, the SAVMA House of Delegates passed two resolutions, the first resolutions in SAVMA history. Additionally, the House approved the continued revision of all SAVMA working documents.
The first resolution states SAVMA's support for the efforts of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues in raising the economic base of the profession. The resolution reflects several years of effort by the SAVMA HOD and executive board aimed at increasing student awareness of and education on economic issues. These efforts included three regional economic symposia that were co-sponsored by SAVMA and organized by students. The symposia were held at the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and the University of Missouri. Three more are planned for the coming year at the University of California-Davis, University of Florida, and University of Illinois.
Additionally, SAVMA continues its support of the Deans' Council efforts to include economic education in veterinary school curriculums.
At times veterinary students have been faced with difficult situations or had questions posed regarding the use of animals during their education and professional careers. In response, the SAVMA House of Delegates voted to support the resolution proposed by the SAVMA Human Animal Bond/Animal Welfare committee. This resolution clarified the SAVMA position on animal welfare iss es, and states:
The SAVMA recognizes that the humane use of animals in education can be a controversial issue. SAVMA supports the position statements regarding the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association outlined in the AVMA Animal Welfare booklet. Current scientific knowledge, professional judgment, and ethical, philosophical and moral values inherent to the veterinary profession provide the basis for the AVMA position.
Outgoing president Dr. Rebecca Stinson led the SAVMA HOD and administered SAVMA business during her term with the help of SAVMA officers, Dr. Amanda Chea Hall, executive board outgoing secretary; Dr. Bill Ignacio, outgoing treasurer; Ernie Martinez, information technology officer; Blythe Waters, international exchange officer; Karen Lovelace, outgoing Intervet editor; Dr. Mike Zareski, past ITO; and James Boutette, past IEO Dr. Joining these SAVMA leaders are the incoming officers who began their terms at the close of the convention. They are Dusty Reppuhn, secretary; Mike Balke, treasurer; Corey Breen, Intervet editor; and Lisa Parshley, PhD, president.
Dr. Thomas R. Kendall, the 2002-2003 AVMA vice president, will assist SAVMA during the coming year. The next meeting of the SAVMA HOD will be at the SAVMA symposium being hosted by the University of Georgia in March 2003.