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.