May 15, 2017

 

 Association of senior veterinarians retires itself

Posted April 26, 2017

Citing declining interest and membership numbers, the American Association of Senior Veterinarians board of directors has dissolved the organization established roughly 31 years ago as a forum for retired veterinarians wanting to stay active in organized veterinary medicine.

The unanimous vote by the board occurred ahead of the March 6 general meeting of the AASrV membership, held in conjunction with the Western Veterinary Conference’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Also approved was a plan for transitioning ownership of all AASrV documents, domain name, and website to the AVMA for archival purposes and in case the organization is re-established at a future date.

And finally, the board voted to donate all the organization’s remaining assets—approximately $17,000—to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s general fund. 



Dr. Bruce W. Little, AASrV president and past AVMA CEO

The American Association of Retired Veterinarians was formed in 1986 with 609 veterinary members. It was renamed and designated as a public charity in 2009, at which time the AASrV had approximately 350 lifetime and regular annual members.

Since 2009, the AASrV had difficulty acquiring and maintaining a viable level of membership to sustain itself. Although a robust website for communication among members was created with the aid of a $5,000 donation from AVMA Life, few members availed themselves of the site.

In the months leading up to the AASrV’s dissolution, membership had fallen to approximately 180 paid members and little chance of attracting new ones.

“It is becoming more difficult for not-for-profit organizations to gain membership in this world of readily available travel and the internet communication possibilities,” said AASrV president Dr. Bruce W. Little. “People stay connected with colleagues without belonging to a structured organization. Unless a group has definite value, potential members simply do not join.”