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Ready to steer your professional association towards its 100th year?

Board nominations are open

The AVA is seeking nominations for its Board. Can you join a team of leaders and represent your colleagues at the highest level in your association?“If you are interested in helping our profession, joining the Board is a great way to do that. You soon learn what matters to your fellow members and it is a privilege to be a voice for them,” AVA President, Robert Johnson said.Here are some tips and information to help you decide if joining the AVA Board might be the right thing for you now or in the future.

How the Board is formed

The AVA has nine directors. Six are elected directly by the general membership and three are nominated and appointed by the three largest special interest groups (ACV, EVA and ASAVA). Each director has a 3-year term, with a maximum of two successive terms. The President, Vice President and Treasurer are elected each year by the Board.Nominations are invited for two elected positions on the Board of Directors for a 3-year term to take office in May 2017. These elected positions in 2017 are in addition to a position to be nominated by Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

Who should nominate?

The first requirement is that candidates have prior experience as an office holder within a special interest group or division committee.“To be a good Board member, you need to be a good listener and then you need to take the information given to you and be a good advocate for the profession,” Board Director, Dr James Gilkerson said.Some additional skills and experience that are useful include being a member of community organisations, being a member of other boards and committees, a commitment to animal health and welfare, and the ability to prepare reports for the AVA Board.With a lot of the work involving the AVA’s groups and committees, communication and team work are key skills to bring to the AVA Board.“It helps to be patient, diplomatic and to communicate clearly. Directors need to have a broad knowledge of the different groups within the AVA and how they work together,” Dr Johnson said.

How do I nominate?

The Board has a Charter and a Code of Conduct that outline the expectations and operational details of the Board. All election candidates need to agree to abide by the Charter, the Code and the AVA Constitution before their nominations are accepted.You can request a copy of the Director’s information package (including the nomination form) from Amanda Webster: or 02 9431 5064.If you have questions or concerns, please contact Company Secretary, John Robb, on 02 9431 5040 or or Nominations must be received by 24 February 2017.

What does the Board do?

Directors have legal responsibility for the Australian Veterinary Association Limited (ACN 008 522 852) under the Corporations Act 2001 and they undertake mandatory training to help them understand and fulfil their legal responsibilities.These include ensuring that the AVA complies with all aspects of the law, risks are managed appropriately and all parts of the organisation are doing what they should be doing for the benefit of members.The Board sets the direction for the AVA, makes the big strategic decisions and ensures effective risk management.The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for managing his or her performance. The CEO is responsible for managing the AVA’s employees and ensuring the Board’s strategy is put into action.

Marcia Balzer

National Public Affairs Manager

This article appeared in the December 2016 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal

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