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The American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians Constitution

Article I NAME/INCORPORATION

This organization shall be known as the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (hereinafter referred to as the “AAHABV”). AAHABV shall be incorporated under the laws governing the state of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization for the purposes set forth herein, and in the Certificate of Incorporation.

AAHABV is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal code.

Article II OBJECTIVES

Section 1. To further veterinary awareness of the human-animal bond

Section 2. To further scientific progress in the area of the human-animal bond

Section 3. To further educational opportunities in the human-animal bond by:

Encouraging training programs and curriculum development in veterinary colleges and schools of veterinary technology

Encouraging the development of continuing education programs on the human-animal bond for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary staff through local, state, regional and national veterinary medical organizations

Section 4. To publish a newsletter about related activities

Section 5. To encourage veterinary participation in human-animal bond activities with related organizations and disciplines

Section 6. To explore the potential for establishing a veterinary specialty in the area of the human-animal bond

Article III MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. The types of membership shall be:

a. Charter member full voting rights

b. Full member full voting rights

c. Student member no voting rights

d. Honorary member no voting rights

e. Associate member no voting rights

f. Complimentary member no voting rights

Section 2. Qualifications for membership:

a. Charter membership shall be for those veterinarians and veterinary students who are members during the inaugural one and one-half years of the organization (July 1, 1993 through December 31, 1994).

b. Full membership shall be open to all graduates of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine who meet the qualifications specified in the Bylaws of the American Veterinary Medical Association, are interested in the human-animal bond and pay their annual dues. Full members may vote and hold office.

c. Student membership shall be open to any student currently enrolled in the professional program leading to the DVM or its equivalent. Student members may not vote or hold office.

d. Honorary membership shall be reserved for individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the human-animal bond. Honorary membership shall be approved by the Executive Committee. Honorary members shall not have the right to vote or hold office in the organization and shall not be required to pay annual dues.

e. Associate membership shall be open to non-veterinarians who are interested in the human-animal bond and pay their annual dues. Associate members may not vote or hold office.

f. Complimentary membership shall be reserved for individuals or groups interested in the human-animal bond and supportive of AAH-ABV. Complimentary membership shall be for a specific duration and approved by the Executive Committee. Complimentary members shall not have the right to vote or hold office in the organization and shall not be required to pay annual dues.

Article IV OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers of the association shall consist of President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 2. The term of office shall be as follows:

President – two years

President-elect – two years

Immediate Past-President – one year

Secretary – one year renewable

Treasurer – one year renewable

The Secretary and the Treasurer officer positions may be combined.

Section 3. The President-elect shall become acting President, if for any reason, the President shall be unable to fulfill the duties of the office.

Section 4. Other vacancies of officers which might occur shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors from qualified members of the association.

Section 5. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers of this association.

Article V BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the Executive Committee and five to ten additional directors-at-large elected from the general membership.

Section 2. This board shall be the governing body of the association and shall have the responsibility for administering association affairs.

Section 3. The term of the directors-at-large shall be three years and terms shall be staggered so that one term expires yearly.

Section 4. Vacancies occurring from the directors-at-large before the three year term is completed will be filled from the general membership by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 5. Up to two non-DVMs (Honorary or Associate members) may serve on the Board of Directors but not vote or hold office.

Section 6. Up to two Student members may serve on the Board of Directors but not vote or hold office.

Article VI MEETINGS

Section 1. An annual meeting of the association shall be held in conjunction with the annual American Veterinary Medical Association meeting.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the Board of Directors at their own discretion.

Article VII DISSOLUTION

Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government or to a state or local government for the purpose of advancing studies towards the understanding of the human and animal bond, a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Article VIII AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the constitution shall be signed by at least 3 members qualified to vote, and submitted to the Board of Directors for its consideration. The proposed amendment with the recommendation of the Board of Directors will be announced to the membership at least sixty (60) days in advance of any regular or special meeting at which the proposed amendment maybe discussed. An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the membership present and voting shall be required for the adoption of any amendment.

Last amended & approved August 12, 2013