Pursuit of partnership with trust approved, annual report expires

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The Executive Board acted on two recommendations from the Council on Communications.

The board approved the AVMA's pursuit of a partnership with Banfield Charitable Trust on the FutureVet program, which helps veterinarians promote the profession to schoolchildren and youth groups. The program offers five toolkits for use by veterinarians, each targeting an age group ranging from prekindergarten to college.

The board's approval will allow the Association and the trust to work together on developing and expanding the program's materials by including additional species and employment settings beyond small animal clinical practice, such as food supply veterinary medicine and public practice.

In the recommendation, the council pointed out that the trust is a charitable, nonprofit organization related to, but separate from, Banfield, The Pet Hospital.

On another recommendation, the board disapproved publication of the AVMA Annual Report in 2007 and 2008, providing a savings of $50,000 each year.

At its November 2003 meeting, the board approved production of an annual report, beginning in 2004, with a sunset review in three years. During the board's meeting this April, there was discussion about whether to publish the report at least biennially to cut down on costs of annual publication, but in the end, the recommendation was disapproved.