Deadline extended for council nominations; another position opens

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With the recent approval of a new Manual of the House of Delegates at the HOD Special Session in Chicago (see story), a new deadline will apply to nominate candidates for vacant council positions beginning this year.

The deadline has been rolled back from a Feb. 1 to an April 1 postmark for organizations represented in the AVMA HOD to nominate candidates for council vacancies. Nominations may also be made by petition of 10 AVMA voting members. For the positions to be filled this July at the HOD's annual session in Washington, D.C., nominations should be sent to Dr. Bruce W. Little, executive vice president.

The number of council vacancies rose to 16 with the resignation in January of Dr. David Dawson from the Council on Veterinary Service, representing recent graduates. Nominees in this category must have graduated from veterinary school or college no more than seven years prior to the effective date of their election. The new council member will complete the unexpired term ending in July 2010 and then be eligible for election to a full six-year term, provided that he or she still meets the definition of a recent graduate at the time of election to the full term.

The April 1 deadline also applies for HOD members to express their intent to be a candidate for one of the three vacancies occurring this year on the House Advisory Committee, and for receipt of the information needed for council and HAC candidates to appear in the 2007 Campaign Guide.

The postmark deadline remains March 9 for nominations to AVMA committee and trust vacancies. They may be made by local or state veterinary associations, allied groups represented in the HOD, or an AVMA member on that person's or another's behalf. The Executive Board will make those appointments at its April 12-14 meeting. Nominations to committees and trusts should be sent to J. Karl Wise, PhD, associate executive vice president.

Nominating materials for councils were sent this past August to AVMA delegates and chief staff officers of organizations represented in the HOD. Nomination forms for councils—as well as committees, trusts, and the HAC—are also available by logging on to, clicking on the Volunteer Leadership Area, and looking under Tools for Leaders. Forms are also available by calling AVMA headquarters at (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6651 for councils, Ext. 6604 for HAC, and Ext. 6605 for committees and trusts.