Dear Future Member: Welcome to IVAS! IVAS has a proud history of playing a key role in advancing excellence in veterinary acupuncture education and research, and we have our dedicated members to thank for this. IVAS is a membership organization that relies on our limited staff and member volunteers to obtain our goals and objectives.
Over the past several years we have made many changes in order to provide our members with enhanced, quality member benefits and are continuing to make additional changes and add new programs. We have redesigned our newsletter to a new publication known as “The Point.” This publication not only provides members with quarterly news within the organization, but we are also publishing papers. We have upgraded our membership database system and are continually upgrading our website in order to provide members with better, comprehensive information that our members request and need. Of particular importance is the establishment of the IVAS Endowment Program, including the Pet Memorial Program. After 33 years of providing education to Veterinarians in the field of Veterinary Acupuncture, IVAS has achieved a new level of not-for-profit success with the establishment of this program. It is our goal to be a leader of excellence within the international veterinary community to further the traditional and scientific approaches to veterinary acupuncture.
Many of our members have been working together for only a short time, but during that time many of us have developed strong ties, not only professional, but one of friendship. We enjoy learning together in seminars or at our annual congress, and we also correspond and exchange information derived from our own clinical experiences. We look forward to sharing our knowledge of veterinary acupuncture with you, and to benefiting in turn from the enthusiasm and skills you will undoubtedly bring to our organization.
On behalf of all our members, I extend a sincere welcome to you, and hope to meet you in person soon at one of our functions.
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Application – Initial application for all categories of membership in IVAS shall be made on an approved form, available through IVAS’s principal office or online at www.ivas.org. Pertinent information shall include: full name of applicant, postal address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address; Name of veterinary college or school and year of graduation, a copy of current veterinary license or a letter of good standing from their veterinary regulatory agency.
Dues – All membership dues shall be paid annually by July 1st. Dues for all categories of members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Dues rates for each year shall be published in at least two official publications and/or the website of IVAS no less than 120 days prior to their due date. Prospective members shall remit their dues with their applications for membership in accordance with instructions printed on the application form. The term “current” shall apply to any member current on dues remittance and in good standing.
Certified Members – Certified members shall be currently licensed veterinary graduates of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine who are in good standing with their regulatory authority, and have completed all IVAS requirements for Certified membership. Certified members shall have completed and attained IVAS Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture or have successfully completed an equivalent program of veterinary acupuncture education and training recognized by the International Education Committee. Certified members shall maintain annual continuing education credits as approved by the International Continuing Education Committee (ICEC) and published in the official publication and/or website of IVAS. Certified members shall be current on dues remittance. Certified members have the right to vote. To be eligible to vote, confirmation of Certified membership requirements must be received by the IVAS office ten (10) days prior to the call for vote. Certified members can Chair a Committee or hold office on the BOD and HOD.
Associate Members – Associate members shall be currently licensed veterinary graduates of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine who are in good standing with their regulatory authority, but have not successfully completed all IVAS requirements for Certified membership. Associate members include veterinarians undergoing training, enrolled in an IVAS approved acupuncture or herbal medicine course or in the process of obtaining certification. Associate members may also include veterinarians enrolled in training in a non-IVAS approved course if the veterinarian submits proper documentation to the IVAS IEC for review and recognition of courses meeting a certain educational standard. Associate members shall have the same rights and privileges as Certified members except that no Associate member shall hold any office, chair any committee, or be a member of the HOD. Associate members have voting privileges. To be eligible to vote, confirmation of Associate membership requirements must be received by the IVAS office ten (10) days prior to the call for vote. Associate members shall be current on dues remittance. Associate members shall maintain annual continuing education credits as approved by the ICEC and published in the official publication and/or website of IVAS.
Honor Roll Members – An Honor Roll Member shall maintain all privileges in accordance with their original category of membership, but will be excused from paying dues, and will be recognized as having permanent membership in IVAS. An Honor Roll Member will not be required to maintain annual continuing education credits. A Certified, Associate or Allied member who has reached the age of seventy (70) and has maintained continuous membership in IVAS for a period of fifteen (15) years may be offered Honor Roll Membership. The Board of Directors shall have the right to confer this status to any Certified, Associate or Allied member having maintained twenty (20) years of continuous service and membership, regardless of age. Those granted this privilege under previous versions of the Bylaws of IVAS shall maintain membership status.
Student Members – Students currently enrolled in a college or school of veterinary medicine are eligible for student membership in IVAS. Rights and privileges shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Student members shall not hold any office, chair or be a member on any committee, or vote on any matter.
Allied Members – Allied members shall include all other categories of members as described or determined and approved by the Board of Directors. An Allied Member shall be currently licensed veterinary graduates of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine who are in good standing with their regulatory authority, and have an interest in supporting IVAS and its mission, and have not taken any IVAS approved courses in veterinary acupuncture or herbal medicine. Allied membership also includes but is not limited to allied health professionals and educators who are not veterinarians including organizations and industry members. Applications for Allied membership if not a licensed veterinarian, shall be accompanied with completed curriculum vitae of the applicant and letters of recommendation from two Certified members of IVAS. No Allied member or representative of an organization or business shall hold any office, chair or be a member on any Standing committee, or be a member of the HOD. Allied members who are licensed veterinarians have voting privileges. To be eligible to vote, confirmation of Allied membership requirements must be received by the IVAS office ten (10) days prior to the call for vote. Non-veterinary Allied members cannot vote on any matter.
Delinquent Members – A member shall be delinquent if: Dues are not remitted within thirty (30) days of July 1st of each year for which they are payable; OR The member does not maintain annual continuing education credits as per Article III, Section 4.C and Article III, Section 5.F; OR The member shall fail to maintain good standing with their regulatory authority; OR The member shall have their license to practice withdrawn. A delinquent member shall cease to be an IVAS member if the member’s license is not restored and/or dues are not paid within thirty (30) days after a notice of the delinquency is mailed to the member’s last known address. Reinstatement requirements shall be determined by the Board of Directors and shall be available on written request to IVAS’s principal office. No member of any category shall be permitted to exercise the privileges of membership while they are delinquent, including the right to vote, and all positions of authority on the Board of Directors, House of Delegates or any committee.