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Veterinary Forum December 2009 (Vol 26, No 12)

AVMA considers increasing dues

by Ronald E. Whitford, DVM

    SCHAUMBURG, IL—The AVMA House of Delegates is considering a resolution that would increase member dues in 2011 to keep the Association financially sound and continue to provide services and address professional issues.

    The Executive Board and House Advisory Committee are co-sponsoring the resolution, which would raise annual dues for regular members to $300 beginning in 2011—an increase of $50 per year. Associate and affiliate members would pay the same as regular members. Educational and retired members, as well as recent graduates, would pay half that. The House of Delegates will vote on the resolution Jan. 9, 2010.

    At the end of October, the Association projected a deficit of $1.8 million for 2009. In 2008, the deficit was $7 million, largely a result of the economic downturn. The AVMA has drawn down its reserves to make up the difference between income and expenses. The board, treasurer, and staff found ways to cut costs substantially and balanced the $28.6 million budget for 2010.

    The AVMA last increased dues in 2004.

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