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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:40

Changes to constitution

At the last AC meeting held in Bordeaux on May 30th, a decision in principle was reached to (i) further reduce the length of the term of Past-Presidents to 2 terms of 4 years; (ii) to reduce the length of term of representatives of the Member Organizations to a maximum of two terms of 4 years, and (iii) to increase the numbers of permissible members-at-large". This was in order to introduce "new blood" into the Association.
This has been formulated into a resolution which will be voted on at the next AGM to be held in Naples on Saturday 11th February. The significant constitutional changes are shown below.

If any members of the Member organizations would like to comment on these proposals, they are invited to contact the relevant Member Organization.


Appointment of members of the administrative committee
49. Each of the Members shall, so long as it remains a Member, be entitled to appoint an
individual to the Administrative Committee (an “Appointed Committee Member”) and remove
from office the individual so appointed and replace the individual so removed provided that
only one individual may hold office as an Appointed Committee Member of one Member at
any time. An Appointed Committee Member shall retire at 31st December following the fourth
anniversary of his appointment or re-first appointment but may then be re-appointed by the
Member which appointed or last re-appointed him (as the case may be) for a second and final
term expiring at 31st December following the fourth anniversary of his reappointment,
whereupon he shall cease to be a member of the Administrative Committee and may not then
be re-appointed (and if removed or replaced during such second term may not then be
re-appointed). Any Appointed Committee Member holding office as a member of the
Administrative Committee on the Second Qualifying Date shall be deemed to have first been
appointed to such office on the Second Qualifying Date.
50. Any appointment, re-appointment, or removal or replacement under Article 49 to be effective
shall be by notice in writing signed by or on behalf of the Member and sent to or left at the
registered office of the Association and shall take effect on receipt by the Association or at
such later date as the notice may specify.
51. The Administrative Committee shall appoint as members of it the Past Presidents of each of
the previous three World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology to hold office in terms of
Articles 52, 53 and 54 or, where such a Past President is unwilling or unable to act as a
member of the Administrative Committee, another member of the organising committee of the
World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in that geographic region. The Administrative
Committee shall also appoint as members of it the President and the secretary of the
Executive Committee (when appointed) of each forthcoming World Congress of Veterinary
Dermatology (or any successor congress or conference however called). Each secretary
appointed under this Article shall cease to be a member of the Administrative Committee at
the next meeting of the Administrative Committee or on 31st December (which is the sooner),
in each case following conclusion or abandonment of the relevant Congress. For the
avoidance of doubt, where any of the Past Presidents or other persons to be appointed to the
Administrative Committee under this Article are already members of the Administrative
Committee as Appointed Committee Members (or vice versa) they may hold office until the
end of the final term of the latter appointment in accordance with these Articles
notwithstanding any expiry or termination of the former appointment.
52. Each of the Past PresidentsPresident (or other member appointed in their place) and
Presidents appointed under this Articleof previous World Congresses of Veterinary
Dermatology first appointed to the Administrative Committee prior to the First Qualifying Date
shall remain in office as a member of the Administrative Committee, subject to Article 60,
until63, until the earlier of (a) 31st December following the twelfth anniversary of the First
Qualifying Date or (b) when the Administrative Committee resolves that he is no longer active
in veterinary dermatology, whereupon he shall cease to be a member of the Administrative
Committee and may not then be re-appointed.
53. Each of the Past Presidents (or other member appointed in their place) and Presidents of
previous World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology appointed after the First Qualifying
Date but prior to the Second Qualifying Date shall remain in office as a member of the
Administrative Committee, subject to Article 63, until the earlier of (a) 31st December following
the twelfth anniversary of his appointment and may not then be re-appointed or,(to the effect
that he shall hold office for 1 term of 4 years as a President and 2 terms of 4 years each as a
Past President) or (b) when the Administrative Committee resolves that he is no longer active
in veterinary dermatology whereupon he shall cease to be a member of the Administrative
Committee, whichever is sooner. For the avoidance of doubt, for so long as any of the Past
Presidents or other persons to be appointed to the Administrative Committee under this Article
are already members of the Administrative Committee as Appointed Committee Members or
otherwise, no such separate appointment shall be made under this Article. and may not then
be re-appointed.
54. 52. For each of the purposes of Article 51 any Past Presidents (or other member appointed in
their place) and Presidents of previous World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology
appointed under Article 51 after the Second Qualifying Date shall remain in office as a
member of the Administrative Committee on the Qualifying Date, shall be deemed to have first
been appointed to such office on the later of the following two dates:a) , subject to Article
63, until the earlier of (a) 31st December following the dateeighth anniversary of his first
appointment (to the office of effect that he shall hold office for 1 term of 4 years as a President
and 1 term of 4 years as a Past President) or (b) when the Administrative Committee resolves
that he is no longer active in veterinary dermatology whereupon he shall cease to be a
member of the Administrative Committee; andb) the date of his last reappointment to such
office before the Qualifying Date.
55. 53. The Administrative Committee may from time to time appoint up to five further persons
who are willing to act as members of the Administrative Committee as an addition to the
members appointed pursuant to Articles 49 and 49, 51, 52, 53 and 54 provided that such
appointment does not result in the maximum number (if any) of members of the Administrative
Committee permitted under or pursuant to these Articles being exceeded. An individual
appointed under this Article shall serve for such period not exceeding four years nor less than
two years (or, in the absence of the period being specified by the Administrative Committee
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