(Current to January 2022)
We, the members of the veterinary profession of California, do hereby establish this Constitution of the California Veterinary Medical Association.
This Association shall be incorporated and known as the California Veterinary Medical Association. This Association shall remain a nonprofit organization, hereinafter referred to as “the Association”.
The Association is committed to serving our membership and community through innovative leadership and to improving animal and human health in an ethically and socially responsible manner.
The Board of Directors of the Association (hereinafter referred to as the “Board of Governors”), the Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the House of Delegates of the Association, and their authorized number, duties, and qualifications shall be set forth in the Bylaws of the Association.
There shall be a governing body known as the Board of Governors of the California Veterinary Medical Associationwhich shall be composed of duly elected representatives from (a) designated Association geographic districts throughout the State of California, and (b) At-Large representatives as provided for in the Association’s Bylaws. The duties of the Board of Governors are those specified in the Bylaws. Meetings of the Board of Governors are chaired by the Association’s President, who shall be elected by the members of the Board of Governors in conformity with the procedures specified in the Bylaws.
 “Board of Governors” is the name hereby given to the Association’s Board of Directors, which the Association maintains in compliance with Corporations Code section 5210.
The Board of Governors shall conduct all business of the Association except as otherwise provided for by the Constitution and Bylaws.
The Board of Governors has final authority over all matters presented to or within the jurisdiction of the Association, except as provided in Article V, Section 5 of the Bylaws. However, nothing herein stated shall prohibit the Board of Governors from consulting with or deferring to the recommendations of the House of Delegates, standing committees, or special committees.
There shall be an advisory body known as the House of Delegates of the Association which shall be composed of delegates from officially designated constituent associations. The number, selection, tenure, voting power, duties, and authority of the members of the House of Delegates shall be described in the Bylaws. The House of Delegates shall elect a Chair from among its members to chair its meetings.
A constituent association shall be any organized veterinary medical association or group officially designated by the Board of Governors, as defined by the Bylaws.
The Board of Governors may amend this Constitution in conformance with the California Nonprofit Corporation Law at any of its recognized meetings upon the affirmative vote of at least twelve (12) Governors, provided that the amendment or amendments shall have been:
A. Presented to the Board of Governors in writing and introduced at the preceding meeting of the Board of Governors.
B. Published in an Official Publication of the Association or mailed or electronically transmitted to each member of the Association not less than sixty (60) days prior to a recognized meeting of the Board of Governors at which final action is to be taken.
C. If a petition in opposition to the proposed amendment, signed by at least ten (10) Active Members of the Association, is filed at least five (5) days prior to the meeting of the Board of Governors at which final action is to be taken, the Association President shall convene a special meeting of the Board open to all members of the Association.
D. This Constitution and the Bylaws of the Association shall be governed by the California Nonprofit Corporation Law where applicable and, should any provisions of the Constitution or the Bylaws of the Association be in conflict therewith, the California Nonprofit Corporation Law shall apply.