(CVMA Bylaws – Current to January 2022)
(Proposed/to be adopted in April 2022)
Voting membership shall consist of the following types: Active, Public Service, Faculty, Residency, Recent Graduates, Retired, Life, and Distinguished Life.
Non-voting membership shall consist of the following: Honorary, Non-Resident, Hospital Staff, Registered Veterinary Technician, CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Medical/RVT/CVA Student, Foreign Exchange Student Temporary, and Leave of Absence.
Membership in any organization which advocates the overthrow of the government by force and violence is incompatible with any type of membership in the Association.
A. Application for admission to Active Membership must be made on a form prescribed by the Board of Governors and shall be signed by the applicant.
B. The applicant’s signature on such application form shall constitute acceptance of and intention to be bound by the Association’s Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Bylaws, and Code of Veterinary Ethics, together with all future amendments of any such Articles, Constitutions, Bylaws or Code of Veterinary Ethics which may be duly adopted pursuant to the provisions thereof.
C. The application form shall be filed with the Executive Director of the Association accompanied by such dues as shall be prescribed by the Bylaws of the Association.
D. The determination of admission to Active Membership resides solely with the Board of Governors. The Executive Director shall publish the names of new members in one of the Association’s Official Publications.
E. If a written objection to any applicant is received by the Executive Director, the application shall then be referred to the Board of Governors for reconsideration.
F. If an application is rejected by vote of the Board of Governors, all dues submitted with the application shall be refunded to the applicant by the Executive Director, together with a statement that such action is by direction of the Board of Governors. A rejected applicant may appeal in person or in writing at the next meeting of the Board of Governors.
G. Active Membership shall endure for life from the time of election unless terminated as hereinafter provided.
The Association, acting through the Board of Governors, shall be the sole judge of the moral, ethical, and professional qualifications requisite for admission to, or continuation of, or reinstatement of any kind of membership in the Association.
A. Any member in good standing may voluntarily resign membership in the Association by transmitting a written resignation notification to the Association.
B. Membership shall cease automatically if membership dues, or any part thereof, remain unpaid after the expiration of the time for payment.
C. Any member whose license or certification has been suspended or revoked by the Veterinary Medical Board has violated the Constitution or Bylaws of the Association, the professional or ethical standards or principles promulgated by the Association, the Veterinary Medical Board or the AVMA, or who has otherwise engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the Association, may be subject to admonishment, censure, suspension, and/or expulsion from the Association as directed by the Board of Governors
D. Any member of the Association who is terminated from membership in their constituent association may be terminated from membership in the Association.
 These Bylaws eschew the use of the personal pronouns “he,” “she,” “him,” “her,” “his,” and “hers” in favor of “they,” “them,” and “their.”
A. Anyone losing membership in the Association for any reason may apply for reinstatement at any time by written petition to the Board of Governors.
A. Neither membership in the Association, nor any certificate proving such membership, nor the interest of any member in the Association, or any of the assets thereof, shall:
B. In the event of death of any member or of any attempted transfer of assignment of membership, the interest of that member shall automatically be canceled, revoked, and terminated.
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