July 01, 2017

 

 Amendment would allow leeway for allied groups

Posted June 14, 2017

The AVMA House of Delegates will consider a proposed amendment to the AVMA Bylaws to provide allied veterinary organizations the opportunity to remain seated in the House even if an organization's membership does not increase as quickly as the AVMA's.

House Advisory Committee proposed the bylaws amendment. Delegates will deliberate on the proposal during their regular annual session, July 20-21 in Indianapolis.

According to the bylaws, "Constituent Allied Veterinary Organizations are organizations of veterinarians with specific vocational interests allied to the interests of the Association." Generally, the voting membership of an allied group seated in the House must include at least 1 percent of all voting members of the AVMA.

The proposed amendment would allow organizations that are unable to maintain the requirement as of July 1 of any year to have one year from the end of the summer session of the House to meet the requirement.