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American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) admits the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

Monday, January 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda Hauserman
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American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) admits the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) in the House of Delegates (HOD) as a Constituent Allied Veterinary Organization
On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the AVMA HOD overwhelmingly voted to approve AAVA's admission to the AVMA HOD as an AVMA constituent veterinary organization. I've come to realize that this may not necessarily be news to many or most AAVA members or interested friends of the academy due to the rapidity with which news travels in the age of the electronic communications. I had originally planned to release the results of the AVMA HOD vote in the usual manner, the AAVA monthly, electronic newsletter. However, I felt that I needed to release something directly from the horses mouth rather than everyone else having all the fun.  
We will still reserve more detailed information for another forum to keep this as brief as possible.  
However, I think its important to make sure some hard working people are given due credit regarding the long journey to this beginning. I say beginning because this is only a start to veterinary acupuncturists' ability to work more closely with our colleagues in being the guardians for the health and welfare of those under our charge.  
This accomplishment was begun two years ago by the AAVA Membership Committee under the chairmanship of Leslie Phillips and hard work of the committee members; Drs. Kevin May and Robert N. Schwyzer. The AAVA Board members; Drs. Susan Wynn, Patricia Baley, Kimberly Henneman, Keum Hwa Choi, Liane Sperlich, Ron Carsten, and Tim Holt; made vital contributions to the effort. Our Executive Director played an important role during key communications with AVMA and in building the membership since joining AAVA in 2005. Amanda Hauserman, AAVA Associate Director, worked long hours to reorganize our membership database so that we had accurate data to send AVMA. And Dr. Mili Bass, AAVA editor-in-chief, who was asked to contribute her experience, as a ten year AVMA HOD delegate for Tennessee, to advise AAVA and represent AAVA during its resolution review by the AVMA Reference Committee twice in the last two years. Gratitude must be extended to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), Chi Institute, and the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV) for allowing AAVA to distribute pamphlets for free student memberships to their foundation course students by AAVA volunteer recruits. I am indebted to Dr. Cheryl Chrisman for her recruiting effort and the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AATCVM) members who responded to help achieve our membership goals. Many thanks to Dr. Nancy Scanlan for her support, guidance, and recruitment effort and the acupuncturists from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) who responded to help build AAVA membership.  
Hopefully I hadn't left out any key personnel, but forgive me if I did, and know that the decline of my 65 year old memory doesn't lessen my appreciation for your contribution.  
Thank you all, for giving AAVA this opportunity,
Ken Ninomiya, DVM, CVA (IVAS 91)
President, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture