September 01, 2000

 

 Summary of actions; voting results

Posted Aug. 15, 2000

 

Summary of actions on resolutions
On July 21, the House of Delegates voted on three resolutions. The results — along with the name(s) of the sponsor(s) of each resolution and prior recommendations of the Executive Board, House Advisory Committee, and reference committees — are as follows.
Resolutions Sponsor(s) Recommendations

Executive
Board
House
Advisory
Committee
Reference
Committee
House
Action
1) ... that the American Veterinary Medical Association adopt the following as the AVMA position on tail docking of lambs: "Lambs are tail docked for cleanliness and to minimize fly strike, but cosmetic, excessively short tail docking can lead to an increased incidence of rectal prolapses and is unacceptable for the welfare of the lamb. We recommend that lambs' tails be docked at the level of the distal end of the caudal tail fold." American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners A A 2-A A
2) ... that the American Veterinary Medical Association pursue obtaining a Technical Advice Memorandum (TAM) from the Internal Revenue Service, Washington office, stating that if 5% of a veterinary practice comprises non-professional sales, including but not limited to boarding, grooming, and retail sales of pet products and pet food, that the veterinary practice be permitted to maintain its "C" corporation tax filing status. AVMA Council on Veterinary Service, California VMA D D 2-D R-EB
3) ... that the AVMA opposes induced or forced molting, the process designed to bring an entire flock of hens into a non-laying and oviduct rejuvenation period at the same time, when it causes harm or stress to the birds. Forced molting is a management practice that has been tried using numerous different methods but is generally accomplished through long-term food withdrawal. These methods have historically resulted in severe stress or other detrimental physical injuries to these birds, including a compromised immune system, which creates disease in both the hens and their eggs. It is a management practice used solely to benefit the poultry industry rather than providing any health benefits to birds used for egg-laying purposes. Petition D D 5-D D
Code: A = approval, D = disapproval, R = referred
Reference committees: 2 = Public Relations and Veterinary Service, 5 = Legislation and Miscellaneous


Voting results for
House Advisory Committee

On July 21, three positions on the House Advisory Committee were filled
Professional category of vacancy Winners
Private practice, predominantly small animal Jacky R. Horner
Private practice, predominantly food animal James A. Jarrett
Teaching and research Charles L. Stoltenow

AVMA council members
Newly elected AVMA council members are Dr. Charles D. Knecht, Dr. R. David Glauer, Dr. Peter Vanderloo, Dr. Janver D. Krehbiel, Dr. Gary A. Vroedingewey, Dr. Darrell M. Riffel, Dr. Richard F. Taylor, Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, and Dr. Bertram R. Berg. (Not pictured: Dr. M. Gatz Riddell and Dr. Thomas B. Little). See facing page for their council posts.


Actions on proposed amendments
On July 21, one amendment to the Constitution was forwarded to the House of Delegates for introduction this year and final action in 2001. In addition, the House voted on one proposed amendment to the Constitution and five proposed amendments to the Bylaws.
Amendment Recommendations

Executive
Board
House
Advisory
Committee
Reference
Committee
House
Action
1) Amend Constitution Article IV — Officers, Section 3 — President, President-Elect and Vice President — Election Term, and Succession and Section 4 — Death, Resignation, or Removal of the President, to synchronize the beginning of the officers' terms with the first Executive Board meeting of the new association year 1
2) Amend Constitution Article VI — House of Delegates, Section 1 — Duties, subsection b, to update the version of Robert's Rules of Order used in conducting sessions of the House of Delegates A A A A
3) Amend Bylaws Article I — Members, Section 6 — Dues, subsection fii, to delete reference to maximum earning limit established by the US government A A A A
4) Amend Bylaws Article III — Executive Board, Section 6 — Meetings, to identify the time of the fifth Executive Board meeting more precisely A A A A
5) Amend Bylaws Article III — Executive Board, Section 7 — Duties, to add an additional duty related to vision planning and coordination A A A A
6) Amend Bylaws Article VIII — Annual Convention, Section 3 — Convention Program, subsection d — Ownership of Papers, to remove language pertaining to ownership of papers presented at the AVMA Annual Convention A A A A
7) Amend Bylaws Article XI — Student Organization, Section 1 — Student Chapters, subsection d, to stipulate that each student chapter elect two faculty advisors A A A A
Code: A = approval, I = introduced this year for action in 2001.


Voting results for councils
On July 21, the following 11 council positions were filled.
Council Professional category of vacancy Winners
Judicial None specified Charles D. Knecht
Education Private food animal clinical practice
Member-at-large
Private clinical practice, exclusively* (two positions)

Bertram R. Berg
Janver D. Krehbiel
Douglas G. Aspros
Peter Vanderloo
Research Private clinical practice, predominantly*
(new category specified for existing position)
Thomas B. Little
Veterinary Service Private practice, exclusively* small animal Darrell M. Riffel
Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Member-at-Large M. Gatz Riddell
Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine Agricultural agencies R. David Glauer
Public Relations Private practice, prodominantly* food animal
Member-at-Large
Richard E. Taylor
Gary A. Vroegindewey
*For the purpose of category designation, the word "predominantly" means that 50 percent or more of the candidate's professional activity is in the category specified, and "exclusively" means that 90 percent or more of the candidate's activity is in the category specified.