Are you considering a nomination to join the OAVT Board, but you’re a bit hesitant? Are you wondering what kind of commitment is required, or if there is any reimbursement for your travel/time?
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions asked by RVTs who are considering the OAVT Board of Directors nomination process.
#1. Question: What kind of time commitment is expected from a Director of the OAVT Board?
Answer: The OAVT Board of Directors meets monthly. The meetings are held in the OAVT office in Guelph. Each meeting starts at 9am and typically concludes by 4pm. Meetings are generally held on a Saturday.
#2. Question: Will my travel expenses to the Board meetings come out of my own pocket?
Answer: Expenses to travel to the meetings are paid for by the OAVT.
#3. Question: Are there any other financial incentives to becoming an OAVT Board Director?
Answer: Directors on the Board do not pay annual OAVT dues and do not pay to attend the OAVT conference. All expenses related to attending the OAVT conference are also paid for. Directors do support the conference by acting as session moderators, offering time in the OAVT both, and attending the welcome reception and awards banquet.
#4. Question: What other benefits come with joining the OAVT Board?
Answer: Being on the OAVT Board comes with the pride, leadership, and responsibility of guiding the profession and organization forward.
There are a lot of skill building opportunities. You will learn about all aspects of oversight and decision making of an organization. This will include setting priorities and overseeing that they are met, creating budgets, monitoring financial performance, and learning how to assess critical information to make important decisions. Also, there is a lot of networking opportunities to meet with others in the veterinary community. The opportunity to learn about or enhance your existing skills in this area will contribute to leadership skill building that is universally beneficial wherever your career path takes you.
#5. Question: Are the Board meetings for the upcoming year already available so I can see if they work with my schedule?
Answer: Yes! The Board would love for the new Director to be at the July 11th meeting. The OAVT Board meeting dates are always available in the members section of the OAVT website. They are as follows:
-July 11, 2015
-August 8, 2015
-September 12, 2015
-October 10, 2015
-November 14, 2015
-December 12, 2015
-January 9, 2016
-February 13, 2016
-March 3, 2016 (at OAVT Conference)
Still interested? We hope so! Nomination forms are due May 31, 2015 and can be found here: http://www.oavt.org/docs/documents/20150505Directornominationform.pdf