Student Chapters of The American College of
Adopted September 16, 2004
Section1. The name of this organization shall be The
Texas A&M University Student Chapter of the American College of
Section 2. The Chapter shall operate under an official
charter granted by the American College of Veterinary
Section 3. The Chapter shall be self-governing in all
matters not in conflict with the provisions of this
Section 4. Upon the dissolution of this organization
assets shall be distributed for exempt purposes within the meaning
of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to the American
College of Veterinary Pathologists for existing student chapters to
promote collegiality, professional development, and encourage
veterinary student involvement in the field of veterinary
Section 1. To promote collegiality and professional
development of its associates through its programs and by its
relations with other Student Chapters and with the parent body, the
American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
Section 2. To encourage veterinary student involvement
in the field of veterinary pathology and provide an additional
opportunity for its associates to gain professional knowledge in
Section 3. To make available to the students the
opportunities offered by the American College of Veterinary
Pathologists to its Student Chapters.
Section 4. To contribute to the development of the
field of veterinary pathology at Texas A&M University through
activities involving the faculty and student associates.
Section 1. Associateship shall be limited to students
in good standing enrolled in the professional veterinary curriculum
of AVMA accredited training institutions in veterinary
Section 2. Each chapter may have mentors consisting of:
a. Trainees currently enrolled in veterinary pathology
residency programs established by that college or training
institution. b. Graduate students currently enrolled in
veterinary pathology graduate programs established by that college
or training institution.
Section 1. To direct the activities of the chapter, the
following officers and committee members shall serve for the entire
academic year: President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer.
Mentors shall be ineligible to hold office.
Section 2. The President and Secretary-Treasurer, shall
have held a Chapter Associateship for at least one complete year
before being elected. The first officers of every individual
chapter shall be exempt from this requirement.
Section 3. All officers may be reelected for any number
of successive terms, or may be replaced before completion of their
terms by a majority vote of the chapter.
Section 4. One but no more then two faculty advisors
from the faculty of the college where the student chapter is
organized shall be elected by the chapter by a nomination procedure
as specified in the Bylaws. Advisors shall be elected to four-year
terms. All faculty members designated as faculty advisors shall be
members in good standing of the College.
Section 5. Names for mentors will be submitted by the
faculty advisor and elected by a majority of the Associateship of
the chapter. The number of mentors shall not exceed half the number
of associates of the chapter.
CUSTODY OF THE
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
Section1. A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall
be in the possession of the President of the Chapter.
Section 2. A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall
be in the possession of the Advisor(s) of the Chapter.
Section 3. A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall
be in possession of the Secretary-Treasurer of the American College
of Veterinary Pathologists.
Section 4. The School or Training Program where the
Chapter is located may require additional copies of the
Section 5. Each of the aforementioned officers shall
promptly deliver his/her copy to their successor.
Section 6. Upon the dissolution of the chapter, all
remaining funds will be forwarded to the Texas A&M SCAVMA.
Section 1. Any associate of the chapter may propose
amendments to the Constitution at any regular meeting.
Section 2. Adoption of an amendment shall be by
two-thirds vote of all associates attending a later regular
meeting, provided that such two-thirds majority shall include at
least half the associates of the chapter.
Section 3. All amendments shall be reviewed and
approved by the Student Chapter Subcommittee of the American
College of Veterinary Pathologists' Recruiting Committee prior to
Student Chapters of The American College of
OFFICERS AND FACULTY ADVISORS
Section 1. Election of the officers listed in Article
IV of the constitution for the subsequent academic year shall take
place no later than the next to the last meeting of each academic
Section 2. Nomination for President shall be by written
ballot. Choice between the two candidates receiving the first and
second largest number of nominating ballots shall then be made by
Section 3. The remaining officers shall be elected by
the same procedure in the order in which they are listed in Article
IV of the constitution.
Section 4. Faculty advisor(s) shall be elected no later
then the last meeting of the academic year in which the current
advisor's term expires. Nomination for Faculty Advisor shall be by
written ballot. Choice between the two candidates receiving the
first and second largest number of nominating ballots shall then be
made by written ballot. Chapters with two co-advisors should
provide for continuity by electing one advisor every two years, the
first two co-advisors shall be nominated for two years only, and
the second one for four years. Advisors may be reelected for any
number of successive terms, or may be replaced before completion of
their terms by a majority vote of the charter. When any advisor
becomes unable to serve, a new advisor shall be elected to serve
the remainder of the unexpired term.
Section 1. The President shall be the chief executive
officer of the chapter, shall preside at all meetings, and shall
serve as chairman (or considered ex-officio member) of any
committees formed in the chapter.
Section 2. The Vice-President shall assist the
President in the performance of his/her duties and shall preside in
the absence of the President at Chapter meetings and shall succeed
to the office of the President should that office be vacated. The
Vice President is also the elected chair of the annual Pathology
Open House room and will be responsible for all the duties that
come with this.
Section 3. The Treasurer shall be the sole custodian of
the financial resources of the chapter and shall collect dues and
fees promptly. He/she shall keep adequate financial records and
permit their inspection by any other officer of the chapter or by
the Advisor upon request. Upon request of the President, he/she
shall present an oral financial report at any meeting of the
chapter. He/she shall present a complete and final written report
at the last meeting of each school year, and at that time he/she
shall deliver to his/her successor all chapter records and funds in
his/her possession. A copy of the final report signed by the
President of the Chapter and Faculty Advisor shall be submitted to
the Secretary Treasurer of the ACVP, as a function of coordination
of the Student Chapters.
Section 4. Mentors shall not constitute more than fifty
percent of the Associateship of the chapter. The mentor's role
shall include sharing their post-graduate learning experiences with
the associates of the chapter and assist with the functions of the
Section 5. The secretary of the Chapter shall preside
at meetings of the Chapter in the abscence of the President and
Vice-President. The Secretary shall take and keep minutes of all
meetings. He/she shall preserve all papers relating to the affairs
of the Chapter and deliver the same promptly to their elected
successor. The Secretary shall create a database of members'
information at the beginning of each school year and give this
information to the President. He/she shall take minutes at all
Officer Meetings and shall email the minutes to Officers within one
week of the meeting. The Secretary will also be in charge of
keeping track of member participation points throughout the
Section 6. Any officer who does not perform his/her
duties as stated by the SCACVP Constitiution may be removed at the
discretion of the rest of the officer team. The offending officer
shall recieve one formal warning that his/her duties are not being
performed up to the standards of the Constitution. If the problem
persists, he/she may be removed from the officer team by a majority
vote of the remainder of the SCACVP officers.
Section 1. Dues to the Texas A&M Student Chapter of
the American College of Veterinary Pathologists are set at $15.00
per person per accounting period. Accounting period begins on
September 1 of each year and concludes on August 31 of the
Section 2. No dues to the ACVP are required for the
chapters or their members.
Section 1. Amendments to the Bylaws shall be proposed
and adopted by the procedure specified in Article VI of the