Call For Officer Nominations - CVPM Board of Directors
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The CVPM Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017-2019 offices of the Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Canadian Representative and DVM Representative.

Qualification Requirements:
Members of the CVPM Board must have been certified members in good standing for a minimum of three years to be eligible to hold office. The Chair must also have served on the CVPM Board of Directors as an Officer for a minimum of one complete term prior to serving as Chair.


Responsiblities and Job Description:

All CVPM offices are non-paid volunteer positions. Officers must be able to attend all CVPM meetings of the Board of Directors (currently monthly conference calls), as well as the Annual General Membership Meeting (held in conjuction with the VHMA Annual Meeting and Conference).

Officers receive a $750 per diem to attend the Annual Membership Meeting for travel expenses and a complimentary VHMA Annual Meeting and Conference registration.


Board Member Job Description

Below is a general job description for all CVPM Board Members.  Executive Officers (Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) have additional duties as outlined in the CVPM Governing Documents. For a copy of the CVPM Governing Documents contact the VHMA Office at:


Job Description:

* Attend all board and general membership meetings.

* Adhere to the certification program's mission, policies and procedures.

* Assist the board in setting policy consistent with the mission and purpose of the certification program.

* Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.

* Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.

* Ensure effective organizational planning. Actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan's goals.

* Inform others about the certification program.

* Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the certification program. 

* Keep up-to-date on developments in the veterinary management field.

* Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and membership meetings.

* Support the certification staff and assess his or her performance.


Legal Responsibilities:

Under well-established principles of nonprofit corporation law, a board member must meet certain standards of conduct and attention in carrying out his or her responsibilities to the organization. These standards are usually described as the duty of care, the duty of loyalty and the duty of obedience.


Duty of Care

The duty of care describes the level of competence that is expected of a board member, and is commonly expressed as the duty of "care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances." This means that a board member owes the duty to exercise reasonable care when he or she makes a decision as a steward of the organization.


Duty of Loyalty

The duty of loyalty is a standard of faithfulness; a board member must give undivided allegiance when making decisions affecting the organization. This means that a board member can never use information obtained as a member for personal gain, but must act in the best interests of the organization.


Duty of Obedience

The duty of obedience requires board members to be faithful to the organization's mission. They are not permitted to act in a way that is inconsistent with the central goals of the organization. A basis for this rule lies in the public's trust that the organization will manage donated funds to fulfill the organization's mission.


Nomination Process:

All nominations need to be submitted in writing to the attention of the CVPM Nominating Committee at the VHMA Office, the CVPM Nominating Committee must receive submissions by April 14, 2017The Secretary will publish the slate of nominations by July 2, 2017 for the membership’s review.  Once the slate of nominations is published, additional nominations for such positions may be submitted in writing to the Secretary over the signature of fifteen certified members eligible to vote, not less than sixty (60) days, August 1, 2017, prior to the annual membership meeting.  The Secretary will deliver an official ballot to each certified member eligible to vote by August 16, 2017.  Ballots must be returned by September 15, 2017 and the results will be announced at the CVPMA General Membership Meeting on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the New Orleans, Marriott, New Orleans, LA.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the CVPM Board at (518) 433-8911 or



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