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The AVMA seeks candidates for president-elect and a seat on the AVMA Board of Directors and also invites nominations or applications for numerous council, committee, trust, and liaison positions.

AVMA Volunteers Needed“Volunteering with the AVMA is a rewarding experience. We are a member-service and member-driven organization, and any individual can help make a difference in our profession,” Dr. Joe Kinnarney, AVMA president, said. “Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you made a difference.”

The AVMA seeks candidates to run for president-elect for the July 2017-July 2018 Association year. While the Association will accept applications through spring 2017, candidates who submit materials by April 1, 2016, will be able to participate in the Candidates’ Introductory Breakfast at the 2016 AVMA Annual Convention.

Candidates will then have a full year to campaign. Election by the AVMA House of Delegates will take place at the 2017 convention. The president-elect will go on to serve as president from July 2018-August 2019.

Board of Directors
The Association is distributing a letter to AVMA voting members in District I to invite nominations for a representative to serve on the Board of Directors for a six-year term starting in July 2016. District I comprises Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The AVMA will accept nominations from a state VMA in the district or by petition of 50 AVMA voting members in the district.

Feb. 1, 2016, is the deadline for receipt of nominations. If a district has more than one nominee, the Association will distribute a ballot to each AVMA voting member in the district.

Councils, committees, trusts, liaisons
The House of Delegates will elect council members in August during its regular annual session at the 2016 AVMA Annual Convention. The vacancies are on the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, Council on Research, Council on Veterinary Service, and Judicial Council.

The Association will accept nominations for council positions from organizations in the House of Delegates or by petition of 10 AVMA voting members.

The Board of Directors will fill a number of committee, trust, and liaison positions in April 2016. The vacancies include positions on the two AVMA insurance trusts and on committees addressing subjects ranging from animal welfare to veterinary economics.

For many of these vacancies, AVMA members can apply on their own behalf or make a nomination on another member’s behalf. For other vacancies, nominations must be made by the group to be represented by the nominee.

The AVMA must receive applications or nominations for committee, trust, and liaison positions by Feb. 22, 2016, and nominations for council positions by April 1, 2016.

Information and forms are here. Details about the position of president-elect are under “Officers,” details about the seat on the Board of Directors will be available in mid-December under “Board of Directors,” and details about council, committee, trust, and liaison positions are under “Vacancies.” Information and forms also are available by emailing OfficeEVPatavma [dot] org (OfficeEVP[at]avma[dot]org) or calling (800) 248-2862, ext. 6688.