CVMA Board of Governors Approves By-laws Changes
After extensive discussion by the CVMA Board of Governors, House of Delegates, the Governance Task Force and local veterinary medical associations, the CVMA Board of Governors approved proposed bylaws changes concerning its governance structure on October 5, 2012. Upon implementation, future CVMA boards will include 11 members from nine geographic districts and four at-large members. Go to CVMA.net to read the new by-laws.
Dr. Annette Jones Wins Golden Rooster Award
California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones has won this year’s California Poultry Federation Golden Rooster award. Each year, at its annual meeting, the California poultry industry recognizes the contributions of an individual who inspires with leadership and dedication. The award citation noted her leadership of a task force to combat exotic Newcastle disease, her promotion of quality assurance throughout the state, and her ongoing work to enhance emergency preparedness.
Dean Lairmore Appointed to ILAR Council
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine announced that Dean Michael Lairmore has been selected to serve on the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Council for a three-year term. As part of the National Research Council, the ILAR Council supports the responsible use of animals in research, testing and education to advance the health and quality of life of humans and other animals. The institute also encourages the use of non-animal alternatives when appropriate and produces the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals—the basis for the National Institute of Health’s rules on animal use.
Dairy Veterinarians Urged to Complete Survey
UC Davis has been engaged by the dairy industry to conduct a review of dairy drugs in groundwater. Dr. Deanne Meyer and Dr. Michael Payne are leading the study. By this coming January UC Davis will have mailed the survey to dairy practitioners in California. You can respond either to the hard copy, or online. Responses are anonymous and there is a $200 honorarium. The CVMA encourages responding to the survey, which was requested by the dairy industry to meet regulatory requirements.
Chinese Delegation of Veterinarians Visits the CVMA
A delegation of veterinarians affiliated with China’s Ministry of Agriculture visited the CVMA on October 24, 2012. The group was interested in the CVMA’s mission and was introduced to CVMA activities and programs by CVMA Executive Director Valerie Fenstermaker and CVMA Director of Regulatory Affairs Dr. Grant Miller.