Classes of Membership
- Membership Classes and Types:
- Professional –
- Active Member – An individual veterinarian who is either a graduate of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine, or who is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States and subscribes to the objectives of the Association qualifies for Professional membership.
- Inactive Member – Inactive members shall be those members who are no longer employed in any phase of veterinary medicine and who are not eligible for life membership in the Association. Such members shall enjoy all Association privileges except that of voting at the annual meeting and of holding an elective office in the Association.
- Honorary – Honorary membership in the Association may be conferred upon any person who has rendered distinguished and meritorious service to the veterinary profession, the public health, the livestock industry, or the conservation of wildlife. Nominations for honorary membership shall be referred to and reviewed for final action at a duly convened meeting of the Board of Directors. Honorary members shall reserve the same rights and privileges as active members, except that they shall not be entitled to hold office or vote.
- Life Member – Any member who has completed 35 years as a Professional member of the Association is eligible for Life Membership. Life members shall enjoy the same rights and privileges as an Active member.
- Affiliate Members – Teachers of veterinary medicine or of the sciences allied to veterinary medicine, and person engaged in veterinary research who cannot qualify for admission as active members may become affiliate members of the Association. Affiliate members shall have the same rights and obligations as active members, except that no affiliate member may hold office or vote at the annual meeting.
- Student Member – An applicant for veterinary student membership must be enrolled in the professional curriculum at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois or any other AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine or AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program. No student member may hold office or vote at the annual meeting.
- Veterinary Technician Member – A veterinary technician who is either a graduate of an AVMA-accredited program, or who is licensed as a veterinary technician in the United States and subscribes to the objectives of the Association, qualifies for Veterinary Technician membership. Veterinary Technician members shall have the same rights and obligations as Professional Members, except that no Veterinary Technician member may hold office or vote at Meetings of the Members as outlined in Article V of the ISVMA Constitution.