By Debra Nickelson
AVMA House of Delegates Report
It seems there are two seasons for the AVMA House of Delegates: meetings and getting ready for meetings.
In preparation for the summer meeting during the AVMA Convention, we are looking for Veterinary Information Forum (VIF) topics to discuss and possibly be formed into resolutions for policy. So far, here are the VIF topics:
· VCPR and telemedicine/telehealth
· Veterinary technician and assistant roles and responsibilities
· Emergency care responsibilities
· Possibly paraprofessionals
License portability and the model practice act will be discussed to follow up from the winter meeting.
Anyone can submit VIF topics, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the AVMA to address any issues. Your delegate Dr. Ellen Lowery and I would be happy to discuss these issues with you and formulate them into a VIF topic or even a resolution.
If you are attending AVMA convention, you are welcome to observe the general sessions of the House of Delegates on:
· Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m. to noon
· Friday, July 29, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Let me know if you are interested in stopping by and I will provide more details.
I was honored to join a new HOD Member Engagement Working Group in which we work on ways to increase communication, engagement, and involvement of the House of Delegates members and to promote participation at all levels. We meet once a month, have completed a survey of HOD members and will send proposals to AVMA on how to better communicate with the HOD, but also with all AVMA members.