TVMA Bylaws

The Texas Veterinary Medical Association has two (2) governing documents. The Bylaws set out the purposes and general organizational structure for TVMA. The Policies Manual details how TVMA operates in order to meet the purposes stated in the Bylaws.


TVMA Bylaws may be amended or repealed by a two-third (2/3) majority vote of the TVMA Board of Directors provided the proposed amendment has been:
  1. Presented by the Executive Committee for review and opinion and presentation to the Board of Directors.

  2. Published in a TVMA publication of general circulation at least two (2) months before the Board of Directors meeting at which a vote is to be taken on the proposed change. Upon passage by a two-third (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors, the amendment shall be valid and effective immediately.

At the regular meeting of the TVMA Board of Directors on March 2, 2013, the proposed amendments, printed in red below, were approved for publication for general comments from members. The proposed amendment regarding the Ethics and Grievance Committee was previously published in the April Texas Veterinarian and the proposed amendments regarding the Legislative Committee and Peer Assistance Committee were previously published in the June Texas Veterinarian. The proposed amendments will be voted on at the board meeting on September 26, 2013. All comments should be directed to the TVMA office or to your district director. Please call the TVMA office if you would like contact information for your district director.


Proposed Amendment #1

Section 4. Committees With Specific Formation

A. Ethics and Grievance Committee (20 members: chairman, three (3) veterinary students, sixteen (16) members-at-large) shall review cases reported to it in writing concerning ethics or grievances and notify the parties involved of the decision of the committee. All information gathered by this committee shall be confidential, and original documents shall be kept in the custody of the Executive Director for not less than five (5) years. This committee may, if asked, reveal specifics of grievances to the Executive Committee but shall not be required to reveal specifics to the Board of Directors nor any other entities or persons, except as may be required by law.


Terms of Office: A member of the committee may serve a maximum term of four (4) years but may be replaced at any time at the discretion of the TVMA President-Elect. The terms of office shall be staggered so that one-fourth of the committee member terms shall expire each year. A committee member who fills a partial term shall be entitled to serve a full term at the completion of the partial term.


Proposed Amendment #2

The Legislative Committee requests the name of the committee be changed to Government Relations Committee to more accurately describe the purpose and function of the committee. The Board of Directors will vote to change the name from the Legislative Committee to the Government Relations Committee in every place the Legislative Committee is mentioned in the Bylaws.


Proposed Amendment #3

Currently, the Peer Assistance Committee and its purpose are listed in the Bylaws of TVMA. The purpose of this committee has changed significantly since Professional Recovery Network (PRN) took over running the peer assistance program for the state, and the committee needs to revise its purpose. Because there are several other proposed amendments to the Bylaws to be voted on in September, we would like to take this opportunity to take the specific reference to the Peer Assistance Committee out of the Bylaws and put it into the TVMA Policies, where almost all of the other committees are addressed.

Section 4. Committees With Specific Formation

B. Peer Assistance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the TVMA Peer Assistance Program so long as it is operated under contract to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The duties of this committee shall include: (a) contract and supervise a qualified and experienced peer assistance program coordinator, and (b) identify, assist and monitor licensed veterinarians and veterinary students in Texas who have job-impairing mental health, alcohol, or drug problems so they may return to competent practice or continue in their educational program. The committee shall ensure that the program is operated solely for rehabilitative purposes and is never used in a punitive or adversarial manner. 




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