May
4
2016

Want to get more involved with AAHA? The AAHA Board of Directors has openings for new directors and officers for 2017–2018. 

The AAHA Bylaws were amended in June 2013, resulting in a significant change to the size of the board (from 14 members to 8). In addition, the terms of directors and the secretary/treasurer were adjusted to one 1-year term, with eligibility for a second 2-year term and a third 3-year term. 

Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of the president, president-elect, vice president, secretary/treasurer, immediate past president, and three directors, at least two of whom shall be veterinarians. The other director may be a veterinarian or non-veterinarian. The chief executive officer shall be an ex-officio member without the right to vote. 

Each director may serve up to a total of three terms. The first term shall be for one year, the second term for two years, and the third term for three years. In the event one of the current directors applies for and is nominated for an officer position, one or two director vacancies may occur. Applications will be accepted for:

  • 0–3 veterinarian directors
  • 0–1 director (may be a non-veterinarian)

Eligibility requirements: Each director must have been a member of the Association for at least three years immediately preceding election. In addition, any member who has an ownership interest in a veterinary practice must have an ownership interest in an accredited practice. Directors must be those individuals committed to achieve the mission and objectives of the Association, and must reflect a range of skills and diversity of thought, geography, and practice type. 

Note: The first terms of two directors will expire at the AAHA Nashville 2017 Conference on April 2, 2017, and both are eligible to reapply for a second 2-year term.

Officers

The officers of the Association shall be a president, president-elect, vice president, secretary/treasurer, and chief executive officer, and such other officers as may from time to time be appointed by the Board of Directors.

The president-elect and the vice president shall each serve until the next annual conference or until the installation of their successors, at which time the president-elect shall become president, to serve as president until the next annual conference or until the installation of a successor.

The terms of the following officers will expire at the AAHA Nashville 2017 Conference on April 2, 2017:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Secretary/Treasurer

Note: The second term of the Secretary/Treasurer will expire at the AAHA Nashville 2017 Conference on April 2, 2017, and the officer is eligible to reapply for a third 3-year term.

Eligibility requirements: The president, president-elect, vice president, and secretary/treasurer must each be a veterinarian and must each have been a member of the Association for at least three years immediately preceding election to office. The president-elect must have served as a member of the Board of Directors for at least one year. In order to be eligible for office, any member who has an ownership interest in a veterinary practice must have an ownership interest in an accredited practice.

Time commitment

Board members are expected to:

  • Attend face-to-face meetings three times per year
  • Participate in telephone conference calls as scheduled
  • Maintain regular communication via email

Applications

Apply now at aaha.org. Documents are due no later than August 1, 2016.

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