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May 15, 2021

Board sends polices to HOD, goes ahead with HOD-approved dues increase

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Updated June 21, 2021

The AVMA Board of Directors has referred several policies to the AVMA House of Delegates for consideration during the HOD’s regular annual session this summer.

The Board also voted to transition the 2021 AVMA Convention to a virtual-only format and to go ahead with a $10 annual dues increase for AVMA members in 2022. The dues increase had been authorized by the HOD in a resolution passed in 2019. That resolution had also included the possibility of a $10 dues increase in 2021, but the Board decided not to move forward with the increase given the challenging environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During its April 7-9 meeting, the Board approved forwarding the following AVMA policies to the HOD with recommendations for approval or adoption: an updated “Policy on Random-Source Cats and Dogs for Research, Testing, and Education”; a new “Policy on Use of Prescription Drugs in Veterinary Medicine”; and a revised “Policy on Notification to the Veterinarian of Violative Residues in Foods of Animal Origin.”

The Animal Welfare Committee explained in its recommendation to update the policy on random-source cats and dogs that the overall focus remains unchanged. “The changes made, albeit minor, are critical as they ensure the AVMA remains the leader on this sensitive topic, which long-term will promote the continuation of sound, ethical, biomedical research, and the highest level of animal welfare,” the committee wrote.

The Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents recommended replacing three polices on veterinary prescription drugs with a single policy that, among other things, emphasizes that decisions regarding prescription drug use should be made within the context of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

And finally, the Food Safety Advisory Committee proposed several revisions to the AVMA policy on violative residues in food animals, including clarifying that veterinarians consider drug residues, as well as the residues of pesticides or environmental contaminants, when making decisions regarding the use of medications in their patients.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the AVMA Board of Directors forwarded the “Policy on Therapeutic Medications in Racehorses” to the AVMA House of Delegates during its April 2021 meeting. Instead, the Board approved the policy.