October 01, 2003


 Council, trust, committee nominations invited

Posted Sept. 15, 2003

Nominations are invited for 37 vacancies on AVMA entities and four liaison positions. The House of Delegates will fill council openings when it meets in July 2004 in Philadelphia. The Executive Board will make liaison and committee appointments at its April 2004 meeting.

Nominating materials for councils—including instructions for publishing candidates in the 2004 Campaign Guide—were sent in August to AVMA delegates and chief staff officers of organizations represented in the HOD. Others may obtain nomination forms by calling AVMA headquarters at (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6651 for councils, Ext. 6605 for committees.

For councils
In accordance with the provisions of Article V, Section 11, of the AVMA Bylaws, nominations are invited for each of the council memberships to be acted on at the annual meeting in July 2004. Nominations shall be made by organizations represented in the House of Delegates or by petition of 10 active members.

Terms of council members are six years, and no council member may serve two consecutive terms on the same council. For this purpose, a term of three years or less will not be counted. No member may serve simultaneously in the House of Delegates and on a council, or on two councils. A former member may become eligible for election to a council at the next annual session after the end of a previous term on a council.

Guidelines for council nominations further stipulate that (1) a nominee will not be eligible to be a candidate for more than one council per year, (2) no member may be nominated for election to more than one position on the same council at one time, and (3) a candidate will not be permitted to change the category to which the candidate has been nominated after the February 1 deadline.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2004,* and sent to Dr. Bruce W. Little, AVMA executive vice president. To ensure that nominations will not be invalidated because information supplied is incomplete, nominators should not send résumés or biographic information, but provide this information using the prescribed nomination form:

  1. Name of council
  2. Professional category to be represented
  3. Identification of nominee
    1. Name
    2. Complete address and telephone numbers
    3. Veterinary school and year of graduation
    4. Academic degrees and specialty board certification
    5. Present professional activity
  4. Statement indicating that nominee is an AVMA member active in the professional area, if any, specified for the position and has agreed to serve, if elected
  5. Name of the nominating organization, which must be represented in the House of Delegates, and the signature and title of its executive officer or an officer who is an AVMA member; or the signatures of 10 AVMA member-petitioners
  6. Signature of nominee
  7. Date

For trusts and committees
Nominations are invited for each of the AVMA trust and committee memberships to be appointed by the Executive Board at its April 2004 meeting. These nominations should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2004, and sent to Dr. Arthur Tennyson, AVMA assistant executive vice president.

Nominations may be made by local or state veterinary associations, by allied groups represented in the House of Delegates, or by an AVMA member on that person's or another's behalf.

Each nomination must include a one- or two-page curriculum vitae and a statement that the nominee has agreed to serve, if appointed. Only the first two pages of lengthier curricula vitae that are submitted will be used.

See charts, page 928 (PDF).

*Nominations postmarked or received Feb. 2 will be accepted, because Feb. 1 is a Sunday