The AAVSB Annual Meeting & Conference brings together veterinary regulators from across the United States and Canada for networking, engaging educational content, open forums, and the association’s business sessions.
View this recap video from the 2019 Annual Meeting that was held in St. Louis, Missouri:
I am writing to provide an update on the 2020 Annual Meeting & Conference. As you know, the Annual Meeting has two components – the Educational Meeting and the Annual Delegate Assembly. Several factors were considered when the AAVSB Board of Directors discussed this year’s meeting including the COVID-19 pandemic, executive orders for the scheduled location of Portland, Oregon, and the results from the membership survey on the meeting.
In this complicated time, the AAVSB Board of Directors feel it is imperative our community engages with and learns from one another. Each Member Board has individually worked through the pandemic and has great knowledge to share. For those reasons, the Educational Meeting will be held virtually. This ensures you receive regulatory education and have a chance to interact with other Member Boards as we all continue the important task of regulating the veterinary profession. These education sessions will be submitted for RACE® approved credit. Taking into account your time and video conferencing overload, the schedule will be designed over several months with 1 – 1.5-hour sessions approximately twice per month. We look forward to your engagement in these virtual offerings.
The other component of the Annual Conference, the Delegate Assembly, will be cancelled for 2020. The Board of Directors feels there are three important reasons for the cancellation including:
The cancellation of the Delegate Assembly impacts voting on proposed Bylaws amendments as well as elections for the open positions. Per the AAVSB bylaws, the current members of the Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee, and the Representatives to the ICVA, shall serve "until a successor is elected and qualified" which will occur at the 2021 AAVSB Annual Meeting & Conference in Denver, Colorado on September 30 – October 2. Submitted proposed Bylaws amendments will be deferred until 2021.
I thank you for your understanding of the changes for the 2020 AAVSB Annual Meeting & Conference. I look forward to continuing my service to you into 2021. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at President@aavsb.org.
Roger Redman, DVM
More information, including details on registration for the 2020 virtual conference is coming soon!