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The AVMA Executive Board took a series of actions intended to improve representation of the profession both within the AVMA and internationally.

The board also clarified rules for candidates for AVMA officer positions and declined to step into a debate over whether the House of Delegates should allow members to see how delegates voted on motions and elections.

Actions taken during an Executive Board meeting Nov. 18-20 at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., resulted in the following:

  • Dr. Larry Corry, AVMA immediate past president, and Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO, and their wives will travel to France to represent the AVMA at events in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the world's first veterinary school. The Executive Board approved travel for the four to attend the Vet2011 Executive Council meeting Jan. 23 in Paris and the opening ceremony of World Veterinary Year Jan. 24 in Versailles. The travel is expected to cost the AVMA about $7,000.
  • The AVMA will apply for membership in the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and, if the application is approved, appoint a representative to attend a subsequent WSAVA board meeting. Membership and participation in the organization are together expected to cost $5,700 to $6,700 annually.
  • The policy "Rules for AVMA Officers Election Campaigns" underwent extensive editing prior to the Executive Board's passage of a revised version. The new version details the types of campaign activities allowed prior to the Candidates' Introductory Breakfast, which is held in conjunction with the regular annual session of the House of Delegates; provides information on candidate travel expenses that will be covered by the AVMA; removes language about JAVMA News features and support of the election process; and adds information about the process for evaluating allegations of rule violations.
  • The board decided against providing advice to the House of Delegates regarding a resolution, "Open Electronic Balloting in the HOD," that was submitted by the Arizona VMA and would mandate that delegates' votes be posted on the AVMA website in an area accessible only to AVMA members. The measure is expected to come up for a vote during the House's regular winter session in January. The Arizona VMA statement on the resolution indicates members should be able to view and comment on votes cast by their delegates and that the measure would increase transparency in the decision-making process.
  • The AVMA Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee will increase in size from nine members to 10 starting in 2012. The Executive Board passed revisions to more clearly define some areas of expertise represented in the committee, incorporated representation positions for research and extension aquatic veterinary medicine into a single position that will also represent academic aquatic veterinary medicine, and added representatives for aquatic invertebrate health and aquatic animal conservation medicine. The additional representation is expected to cost the AVMA about $1,300 in travel expenses annually. The revisions also added the Alliance for Marine and Mammal Parks and Aquaria and the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association to the committee's list of representatives invited to attend meetings as observers and removed invited representation of the American Pet Products Association and Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water.
  • The board approved initiation of a bylaws amendment that could, if passed by the House of Delegates in July, revise the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine's charge to place more emphasis on the group's advisory role for veterinarians, AVMA entities, legislators, and outside organizations and agencies that set policy.