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 Progarm. 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 – Application for all classes of membership in IVAS shall be made on an approved form, available through the IVAS 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, year of graduation, a copy of current veterinary license or a letter of good standing from the national/provincial/state veterinary regulatory agency.
Dues – Members of all classes shall pay dues annually by July 1st. Dues for all classes of members shall be determined by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the House of Delegates at the Annual General Meeting. Dues rates for each year shall be published in at least two official publications of the Society no less than 120 days prior to their due date. Dues for individual memberships in national/provincial/state organizations shall be set and levied by each individual affiliate society or organization. Prospective members shall remit their dues with their applications for membership in accordance with instructions printed on the application form. The term “active” shall apply to any member current on dues remittance and in good standing.
Certified Members – Certified members shall be current licensed veterinary graduates of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine who meet the qualifications specified in the Bylaws, who have completed all the IVAS requirements for certification, have been IVAS certified and who are in good standing with their national/provincial/state organization. Certification shall be offered to any member having completed the appropriate requirements as set forth annually in the official publication of the Society at least 120 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Certification shall be authorized by a responsible member of the Executive Committee upon recommendation by the Chairman of the Examination Committee. In order to be included on the referral list (see Section X), a certified member must maintain a copy of their current license to practice veterinary medicine in the jurisdiction in which they reside on file at the IVAS office.
Associate Members – Associate members shall be currently licensed veterinary graduates of colleges and schools of veterinary medicine who have not yet met the certification requirements published annually in the official publication of the Society at least 120 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. 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 vote on any matter.
Honor Roll Members – An active member who has reached the age of 70 having maintained continuous membership in the Society for a period of 15 years may be offered Honor Roll Membership. An honor roll member shall have all the rights and privileges of an active member, but will be excused from paying dues, and will be recognized as having permanent membership in the Society. In order to remain on the referral list, Honor Roll members must maintain and submit by 01 July of each calendar year a copy of their current veterinary license to practice veterinary medicine in the jurisdiction in which the member resides. The Board of Directors shall have the right to confer this status to any member having maintained twenty years of continuous service and membership. Those granted this privilege under previous Bylaws of the Society, shall maintain this 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 House of Delegates and be published in a membership brochure. Student members shall not hold any office, chair any committee, or vote on any matter.
Affiliate Members – Affiliate members shall include all other classes of members as determined and approved by the Board of Directors. Affiliate membership includes but is not limited to instructors of veterinary science and allied health professions. Application for affiliate membership shall be accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae of the applicant and letters of recommendation from two active members of IVAS.