AAH-ABV By-Laws

American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians By-Laws

Article I MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Application for membership shall be  made to the Secretary upon the official membership application provided. This completed  application will be reviewed by the Board of Directors, and membership will be  granted provided all qualifications for membership are met.

Section 2. Members of the Association shall  retain their membership only so long  as they comply with the provisions of the  Constitution, Bylaws, and Principles of Ethics of the American Veterinary Medical  Association.

Article II ELECTIONS

Section 1. The officers and Board of Directors  shall be elected at the annual business meeting of this association by a majority of  members present and voting.

Section 2. A nominating committee shall be  appointed by the president two months prior to election and shall recommend at least  one qualified member for each position. Nominations may also be made from the floor.

Section 3. Newly elected officers shall take  over their duties at the conclusion of the annual meeting at which the election  takes place.

Article III DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The President shall preside at all  meetings, serve as chairperson of  the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and  at the conclusion of his/her term shall serve for one year as a member of the  Board of Directors. The President shall appoint any and all committees as needed to  conduct association business.

Section 2. The President-elect shall become  acting President to fill out the unexpired term if for any reason the President shall be  unable to fulfill the duties of his/her office, and shall assume the duties of the  President in his/her absence or at his/her request. The President-elect shall serve as  program chairperson for the scientific portion of the annual meeting.

Section 3. The Secretary shall be responsible  for maintaining complete minutes of meetings of the members and of the Board of  Directors. He/she shall perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and  such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall be the custodian  of all funds of the association and be responsible for the proper accounting for  said funds, will present at each annual business meeting a financial report of  the association and shall perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer  and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

Article IV DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. The Board of Directors will serve as  the governing body of this association, will give majority approval to the payment of  all bills, and will meet to conduct business as requested by the President.

Section 2. A majority of the members of the  Board of Directors must be present to constitute a quorum.

Article V MEETINGS

The business meeting of the association will be  held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the association.

Article VI DUES

The annual dues shall be remitted to the  Secretary-Treasurer. Dues amounts shall be adjusted periodically as deemed necessary by  the Board of Directors in keeping with the fiscal needs of the organization.

Article VII AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the by-laws shall be  signed by at least 3 members qualified to vote and in good standing, and submitted to  the Board of Directors for its consideration. An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of  the Board membership present will be required for the adoption of any amendment.

Last amended July 16, 2002.