January 15, 2000


 Changes enrich convention

Posted Jan. 1, 2000

The immense popularity of wet labs for veterinarians, unveiled during the 1999 AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans, provided the perfect ground for creating a section manager position on the Convention Management and Program Committee specifically to manage wet labs. The first term will begin in 2001, with an annual cost of $3,750. This and other recommendations submitted by the CMPC were approved by the AVMA Executive Board at its meeting Nov 19-21.

Starting in 2001, the Local Host Committee will be discontinued. Under the site selection process formerly used by the AVMA, host states were required to provide volunteers to serve on the host committee. Generally, members of this committee were selected by the host state's VMA or Auxiliary and confirmed by the CMPC chair. Under a new site selection process adopted in 1996 by the AVMA House of Delegates, the VMA of the state hosting the convention is no longer required to provide these services.

Because knowledge and experience of local members is of great value, the state VMA at each host site will still be contacted for input, ideas, and a request for volunteers to staff the Welcome Center.

The hosting site's VMA will also be encouraged to appoint a liaison to attend the winter CMPC meeting prior to the Annual Convention held in its state.

Several changes will take place at the Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, July 22-26, 2000. Registration fees for this convention will remain the same as they were for 1999, with the addition of a new registration category for office managers and other nonveterinary office staff. Nonveterinarians will no longer be eligible to register at the AVMA member rate unless they are faculty members of colleges of veterinary medicine or veterinary technician programs. The advance fee for the new category is $100. Foreign veterinarians are eligible to register for the AVMA Annual Convention at the member rate, if they are members of a national association. Registration details will be mailed to members and posted on the Convention site of the AVMA Network.

The board approved a recommendation to rescind a policy regarding groups that assemble during the AVMA Annual Convention. A new policy, which will appear in the AVMA Digest of Official Actions, was adopted. The policy requires groups that request space to assemble at the convention to be allied groups in the AVMA HOD; groups listed in the AVMA Membership Directory as national, regional, or specialty veterinary organizations; veterinary colleges; and groups closely affiliated with the AVMA, such as the Auxiliary to the AVMA, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Student AVMA, Group Health and Life Insurance Trust, and PLIT. When new groups request to meet at the convention, the CMPC will consider whether the group's constitution and bylaws conflict with those of the AVMA and whether 90 percent of the veterinarians in the group are active AVMA members.

To offset costs directly related to the convention, registration fees for the 2001 convention in Boston will increase slightly for all but students, who are admitted at no charge, and office staff. Registration fees were increased last in 1994.

Pending support by the AVMF, the board approved a recommendation to hold an Honor Roll Forum at the convention in Salt Lake City. The forum serves to welcome new honor roll members and encourage their involvement in the AVMA and the AVMF.

Celebrating anniversaries important to veterinary medicine during the convention has been an ongoing AVMA tradition. With that in mind, the board approved a recommendation to formally recognize the 50th anniversary of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine with a citation that addresses the group's sustained contribution to the advancement of veterinary preventive medicine and public health and certification of veterinary specialists.