June 01, 2005
The Executive Board reviewed three proposed amendments to the AVMA Bylaws in April and recommended that the House of Delegates approve them July 16.
One amendment provides for renaming the Council on Public Relations the Council on Communications. Another amendment would clarify that two of the 15 members of the Council on Education will represent basic science. The current wording stipulates that two members will represent basic or preclinical science.
A third amendment proposes to switch the locations of the 2013 and 2014 AVMA Annual Conventions. The AVMA has three geographic convention zones, with the event held in each zone once every three years. The amendment would allow for the 2013 convention to be held in Zone 2 and the 2014 convention in Zone 1, returning to the regular rotation and Zone 3 in 2015. The AVMA Executive Division had recommended that the board authorize preparation of the proposed amendment. If approved by the HOD, the amendment would make it possible to celebrate the 2013 sesquicentennial convention of the Illinois-based AVMA in Chicago, which is in Zone 2.
No action was taken on seven proposed amendments, as the pertinent recommendations were not approved. Consideration of three others was postponed until the board's June 2005 meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Executive Board, House Advisory Committee, and any organization represented in the HOD may propose amendments to the HOD. Before the HOD acts on them, amendments must be presented to the board and the House Advisory Committee so that they have an opportunity to consider them and make recommendations to the HOD whether to approve them. The amendments must also be published in JAVMA at least 30 days prior to the annual session of the HOD where they are to be considered. The amendments to the AVMA Bylaws being submitted for action by the 2005 HOD will be published in the June 15 JAVMA News.