Elections

Update your email to vote electronically

​We rely on email to notify members about the nomination process for elections and to inform you when you are eligible to vote in AVMA elections. Make sure you have an up-to-date email address in your member profile to ensure that we can reach you when there is an election for which you are eligible.

Special election: District 3

Nominations are open for candidates for election to the AVMA Board of Directors representing District 3, which includes the states of Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

This is a special election to fill an unexpired term (2017-2019) created by an unexpected vacancy on the Board of Directors. If uncontested, the candidate will take office during AVMA Convention 2017, which will be held July 21-25 in Indianapolis. If the election is contested, the successful candidate will take office in October 2017.

Nominees must have been active members of the AVMA for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to the election and must reside in District 3. Candidates can be nominated by principal veterinary organizations of any state within the district or by petition of 50 AVMA voting members residing within the district. Nominations are due no later than July 21, 2017.

Nominations must be accompanied by a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve if elected, a one-page written biographical summary, and a brief statement of reason for seeking office, suitable for publication. The biographical summary and statement of reason for seeking office should not exceed 1,000 words each.  Nominees also are welcome to submit an optional professional head shot photo.

  • Nomination Form      Word    .pdf
  • Petition Forms     Word    .pdf
  • Campaign Rules    .pdf

Election results: Districts 2 and 6

Two new members will join the AVMA Board of Directors in July to represent Districts 2 and 6, concluding an election cycle to replace outgoing directors in those districts.

In District 2, Dr. Michael Bailey was elected to represent AVMA members in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

District 6 saw an uncontested race, and the sole candidate, Dr. Ronald Gill, will represent AVMA members in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Both Dr. Gill and Dr. Bailey will assume office during AVMA Convention 2017, which will be held July 21-25 in Indianapolis.

Following are the candidacy materials submitted by Dr. Gill and Dr. Bailey.

Dr. Michael Q. Bailey

Dr. Ronald E. Gill

Electronic voting for contested elections

The AVMA uses electronic voting for contested association elections in order to ease, expedite and enhance members' voting experience. The AVMA uses the services of an electronic voting company to allow members to cast ballots electronically, rather than by surface mail.

When members vote electronically, the following process is followed:

  • An email message is sent to all eligible voters, providing instructions and a link to a secure voting website. The email is sent from the address AVMAelection@avma.org.
  • When members click on the link to vote, they are directed to a secure website where their identity and eligibility for voting are authenticated before they are allowed to vote.
  • The website includes links to information about the candidates in the election, as well as instructions for voting.
  • Members make their ballot selections and cast ballots electronically on the website, without any additional steps required.
  • Safeguards are in place to prohibit multiple voting.

Eligible members who do not have valid email addresses on file with the AVMA are mailed paper ballots, along with a return envelope, and must fill out and return the ballots manually. We encourage all members to check the contact information in their AVMA profile to ensure that the email address on file is a valid one.​