Proposed AAVP Bylaw Changes

Proposal to realign the activities of AAVP’s Outreach/Research Committee and the Publications/Internet Committee (drafted 17 June 2015)

In light of substantive changes over the last few years in the importance of social media, the AAVP’s Executive Committee would like to realign the activities of the Outreach/Research Committee and the Publications/Internet Committee. Specifically, the Executive Committee wishes to ask the membership at this year's business meeting to (a) rename the Outreach/Research Committee as the Outreach, Publications and Research Committee, and (b) rename the Publications/Internet Committee as the Electronic Media Committee.

The following are descriptions of the two new proposed committees (blue text indicates new descriptive information):


  1. Committees of the Association shall be:

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  1. Standing Committees:

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  • Outreach/Research Committee: The Outreach/Research Committee shall initiate new programs that will promote the Association and its members. They shall recommend these programs to the Executive Committee and develop and maintain relationships with other related societies, producer groups, and industry. They shall continually evaluate the direction of research in veterinary parasitology and report to the membership on these directions. They shall also develop statements on areas the Association believes research emphasis is

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  • Outreach, Publications and Research Committee: The Outreach, Publications and Research (OP&R) Committee shall initiate new programs that will promote the Association and its members. It shall recommend these programs to the Executive Committee and develop and maintain relationships with other related societies, producer groups, and industry. The OP&R Committee shall continually evaluate the direction of research in veterinary parasitology and report to the membership on these directions. It shall also develop statements on areas the Association believes research emphasis is needed. The OP&R Committee shall also be responsible for developing, writing, and seeking publication for all scholarly documents and books sponsored by the Association for distribution to the membership. The OP&R Committee will arrange and supervise the independent expert review of such documents by two or more experts external to the OP&R Committee. The person serving in the management role will not be a co-author of the paper. If all members of the OP&R Committee are co-authors, then the Chair of the OP&R committee will assign the management responsibility to a person external to the Committee. Documents submitted by AAVP members without solicitation, for the endorsement or approval of AAVP, will be similarly reviewed. The OP&R Committee will recommend to the AAVP Executive Committee whether the publication or dissemination of a given document that has gone through the full review process shall be endorsed by AAVP. All such publications will be issued only after the approval of the Executive Committee.

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  • Publications/Internet Committee: The Publications/Internet Committee shall be responsible for developing, writing, and publishing documents (paper and electronic) and books sponsored by the Association for distribution to the membership. All such publications shall have the prior approval of the Executive Committee. In addition, the Publications/Internet Committee shall assist the Newsletter Editorial Board Committee in publishing the AAVP Newsletter

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  • Electronic Media Committee: The Electronic Media (EM) Committee shall be responsible for providing material to update the AAVP social media accounts (e.g. Facebook and Twitter); a member of the EM Committee will be tasked with posting/updating the social media accounts for the organization. Social media posts can consist of interesting news articles, press releases,  and AAVP announcements. All posted material should be in accordance with AAVP policies; the moderator will use discretion over postings. In addition, the EM Committee will assist with providing resources and content that can be posted on the AAVP website. For example, the EM Committee will assist the Newsletter Editorial Board Committee in publishing the AAVP Newsletter electronically.