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29/05/08

Bylaws of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy


Article I - Name

The organization shall be known as the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, (hereinafter referred to as the “Association”).
Website address: www.iavrpt.org


Article 2 – Incorporation

The Association shall be incorporated under the laws governing the state of Tennessee as a not for-profit educational organization. The Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Not withstanding any other provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, the corporation (a) is not organized for profit, and no part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member; and (b) shall not conduct or carry on any activities not permitted to be conducted or carried on by an organization exempt under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, or regulations there under.

Article 3 – Dissolution

The term of this organization shall be perpetual; however, in the event of the dissolution of the corporation, its property shall be dedicated to a research foundation, opened for any international researcher within the field of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy to apply from, and directed by the former Board of Directors. The assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. These assets are to be used to foster and encourage education, research, and scientific progress in veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy.

Article 4 - Objectives

The objectives of the organization shall be to provide for the association of persons engaged in the practice, teaching, or research in the area of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy for the presentation and discussion of items of common interest, to further scientific investigation, and to upgrade the specialty of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy in order to provide better patient care based on sound scientific study for the betterment of animal health and well being. The organization embraces the concepts of basic and clinical research and the dissemination of information through meetings and publications. Pursuant to this objective, membership is open to and encouraged from all interested people from the international community without prejudice to country, race, color, sex, or religion.

Article 5 - Membership

Acceptance of membership in the Association will constitute an agreement by the member to comply with the bylaws of the organization, and to recognize the Board of Directors as the sole judges of the right to remain a member, subject to appeal to the general members shipped. Any member, after due inquiry by the Board of Directors or delegate thereof, judged guilty of misconduct in any professional respect, or found to act in violation of these bylaws or rules, will be liable to censure, suspension, or removal from a membership, to be determined by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Individuals seeking membership in the Association will complete an application form approved by the Board of Directors. The application should be sent to the executive secretary and payment should be conducted according to information provided by the Board of Directors.

Section 1. The classes of membership in this organization shall be:
(A) Active members - each active member shall be entitled to full access to all information and one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of active members or the entire organization.
(B) Associate members - each associate member shall be entitled to full access of all information but shall not be entitled to vote on matters submitted to a vote of active members.
(C) Honorary members - each honorary member shall be entitled to full access to all information but shall not have voting rights.

Section 2. Qualifications for membership:
(A) Active membership shall be limited to veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians with a university or college degree (or equivalent degree) and with an active interest in veterinary physical rehabilitation and therapy. (B) Associate membership shall be limited to veterinary technicians, physical therapist assistant, or other licensed health care professional (such as physician or nurse) with an active interest in veterinary physical rehabilitation and therapy. (C) Honorary membership may be awarded to a scientist, teacher or clinician who has made or is making a distinguished contribution to the advancement of veterinary physical rehabilitation and therapy. Honorary membership shall be awarded on nomination by the board of directors and election by majority vote of the membership present at the bi-annual membership meeting. Such members shall be exempt from payment of dues.

Section 3. Dues
Active members will pay annual dues and the amount will be determined by the Board of Directors. Dues will be assessed on January 1 of each year and will cover membership through December 31 of the current year. Notification of dues for the new year will be issued to the members by the executive secretary on or about December 1 and are due by January 1. A member delinquent payment of dues by March 1 will forfeit his/her membership, will not exercise a vote or hold office, and will not be listed in the membership directory. In such cases, the individual can reestablish membership by applying to the executive Secretary as a new member.

Article 6 - Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Association shall consist of the following: President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and members of the Board.

Section 2. The officers of the Association shall be in charge of the administration of the affairs of the Association.

Section 3. President-Elect and three members of the Board and other board members, as vacancies arise, shall be elected at each bi-annual meeting. Board members shall serve for a period of four years. The President-Elect shall succeed to office of President during the bi-annual meeting.

Section 4. The immediate Past-President shall be a member of the Board of Directors for 2 years (the eighth member).

Section 5. The President shall preside over all meetings, appoint all committees (with approval of the Board), and shall perform such other duties as may properly devolve upon the presiding office.

Section 6. The President-Elect shall preside in the absence of the President and, when so acting, shall perform such duties as would otherwise devolve upon the President. The President-Elect shall serve as General Meeting Chairman for the Bi-Annual meeting. The President-Elect shall be responsible for the duties of the Scientific Program Chairman. These duties may be performed by the President-Elect or relegated to a Board Member.

Section 7. In the absence of both President and President-Elect, the immediate Past President shall be the presiding officer, and if he/she is absent, a member of the Board selected by those present shall be the presiding officer.

Section 8. The Secretary shall oversee the recording of the proceedings of allmeetings and shall present at each meeting a report of the transactions of the previous meeting. The Secretary shall also compile the Annual Newsletter.

Section 9. The Treasurer shall oversee the handling of all funds and collections, andpayment of bills which the Association may owe. At each regular bi-annual meeting and Board of Director’s meeting, the Treasurer shall present an itemized statement of the receipts and expenditures of the previous year.

Section 10. The Secretary and Treasurer shall transact the business of mailing, typing, notifying, correspondence, correlating, compiling and maintaining the rolls of membership and shall notify members of delinquency in the payment of dues as directed by the President. The Treasurer shall pay bills owed by the Association as directed by the President.

Article 7 - Election of Officers

Section 1. The Nomination Committee shall be responsible for the development of a slate for President-Elect and 3 Board of Directors, plus any vacancies on the Board.

Section 2. The Nomination Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect,and all Past-Presidents. The Past President shall be the chairman.

Section 3. In addition to the slate from the Nomination Committee, any Member may nominate from the floor at the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 4. The person nominated for President-Elect shall have served on the Board of Directors for at least one year.

Section 5. The President-Elect and Board of Directors shall be elected by vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by the members present or represented by proxy at a meeting at which a quorum is present.

Section 6. The officers of the Association shall elect the Recorder from the ranks of the Board of Directors. This shall be accomplished every second year after the Annual Business Meeting.