August 01, 2016

 

 Association might no longer require CEO to be veterinarian

​Posted July 13, 2016

The AVMA House of Delegates, while meeting Aug. 4-5 in San Antonio, will deliberate on a proposed amendment to the AVMA Bylaws that would remove the requirement for the Association’s executive vice president and assistant executive vice president to both be veterinarians. The executive vice president is chief executive officer of the Association.

The proposal would require either the executive vice president or the assistant executive vice president to be a veterinarian.

The North Carolina VMA proposed the amendment at a time when the AVMA is seeking a new CEO. Dr. Ron DeHaven as been AVMA executive vice president since August 2007 and is retiring this summer (see article). At press time, a search committee and consultant were in the process of recruiting the new CEO.

According to the statement about the proposed amendment, “The Executive Vice President is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, policies, and strategic plan of the organization as set by the Board of Directors, making a professional with knowledge of and experience in the principles of association management an appropriate candidate.”

The voting members of the AVMA Board of Directors are all veterinarians. The executive vice president and assistant executive vice president are among the invited, nonvoting participants at all Board meetings.

Proposals going to the House of Delegates are available here. Members of the AVMA can find contact information for delegates by visiting here.  

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