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  • Date: October 16, 2017
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AAVSB® Delegate Assembly Approves Resolution to Explore Formalizing Relationships with Member Boards

Kansas City, MO (October 16, 2017) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Delegate Assembly approved Resolution 2017-01 at its most recent Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, Texas.

The purpose of Resolution 2017-01 is to recognize and authorize the AAVSB Board of Directors to explore its relationship with the AAVSB's Member Boards, including all possible options for formalizing these relationships. Potential options include formal contracts, use of governance structures (bylaws and membership commitments) and other approaches that solidify the membership as a cohesive unit to best capitalize on collective member regulatory voices.

AAVSB President Dr. Mark Olson said, "The AAVSB respects the rights of its Member Boards to make ultimate licensure determinations. The AAVSB's uniform programs and services are designed to assist in these processes. By passing this resolution, our membership has authorized the AAVSB Board of Directors to explore opportunities to strengthen the association's relationship with its member regulatory boards. This is especially important given the current anti-regulatory climate and the pressures on regulatory boards to do more with less."

"We want to make sure the regulatory boards are always the ones providing input and making decisions about the products and services, including licensure exams that they utilize. To that end, the AAVSB Board of Directors has approved the creation of a task force to explore potential options for formalizing the relationship between the AAVSB and its Member Boards. The task force will be comprised of representatives from the membership that participated in the resolution discussion during the Annual Meeting. We have also invited a representative from the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) Board of Directors to bring perspective on how Member Boards could have more direct input into the NAVLE."

To read the full text of Resolution 2017-01, please visit:

Resolution 2017-01 was proposed by the AAVSB Board of Directors and the AAVSB Bylaws and Resolution Committee recommended its approval. The vote took place on September 16, 2017.

About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance the regulatory process for veterinary medicine. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 62 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.

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