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AAIV-AVMA House of Delegates Updates

Nov/Dec 2021 AVMA House of Delegates Update
By Debra Nickelson
Posted: 2021-12-06T14:44:00Z

AVMA House of Delegates Report

What’s New?


Debra Nickelson D.V.M., MBA

AAIV Alternate Delegate


The winter session of the AVMA House of Delegates will be January 7-8, 2022, during the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago. Your delegate, Dr. Ellen Lowery and I are happy to represent you. While we do not have the docket of resolutions yet, there are a few items to mention, and we welcome your feedback. Please email your comments and questions to or to me at


The Veterinary Information Topics that will be discussed during the winter session are:

·      License portability – this may be helpful for those of you who still want to practice or volunteer part time if your company or another position moves you to another state.

·      Expansion of AVMA membership to veterinary technicians/nurses, practice managers and other veterinary professionals.

While we do not have specific details on these topics, we do welcome your comments and questions so we can present them during our reference committee meetings.


The ABVS received a letter of intent from the American College of Veterinary Medical Education wishing to pursue recognition as an AVMA/ABVS veterinary specialty organization. If recognized, the organization would certify veterinarians as specialists in providing veterinary medical education. The ABVS welcomes comments until Feb 28. A short summary of the proposed specialty may be found on the ABVS webpage:


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update

The AVMA board is considering several items to include in the overall AVMA strategic plan and budget for 2022, including:

·      Creating opportunities for more diverse members to participate in AVMA volunteer leadership.

·      Expanding DEI content in AVMA programming and events and exploring Spanish language online education for veterinarians so they can better serve a growingly diverse client base.

·      Continuing collaboration with strategic partners, highlighting DEI as a strategic priority for the AVMA.

·      Integrating DEI concepts as part of onboarding of AVMA volunteers.

·      Improving collection of member and student information, working closely with key partners such as the Student AVMA, American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and species-specific allied organizations.