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July 2019 AVMA House of Delegates Update
By Bonnie Bragdon
Posted on 7/24/2019 10:01 AM

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS


AVMA elections & the summer meeting of the House of Delegates is fast approaching.

Because the summer meeting will be held in Washington DC, AVMA delegates will be visiting the Hill instead of holding the Veterinary Information Forum.  Topics to be discussed with elected representatives include Fairness to Pet Owners Act, Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Enhancement Act, and Association Health Plans. 

Dan & I will be electing candidates to fill the role of President-Elect, as well as a number of other positions.  AAIV members running for positions include Silene St. Bernard for the Council on Public Health.  You can find out more information about candidates by checking out the Campaign Guide.  Let us know if you believe we should support a candidate.

A number of resolutions and bylaws amendments are also being considered.  You can find information about these issues at

Resolution 3 updates the Model Veterinary Practice Act.  Changes to the MVPA include language around the requirement for a physical exam to establish the VPCR.  The Veterinary Patient Client Relationship “can exist only when the veterinarian has performed a timely physical examination of the patient(s) or is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the patient(s) by virtue of medically appropriate and timely visits to the operation where the patient(s) are kept, or both.” 


We look forward to representing your interests at the summer meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates.  Please contact us for additional information or to provide insight.