Dr. Sandy Willis elected to AVMA Board of Directors – WSVMA Seeking Nominations for new Alternate Delegate

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Congratulations to Dr. Sandy Willis who was elected to the AVMA Board of Directors representing District 11 in February. Dr. Willis has represented Washington in the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) since 2008, first as alternate delegate, and then as delegate beginning four years ago. Dr. Willis is a small animal internist with Phoenix Central Laboratory, now a part of Zoetis, and has served in a variety of roles in the WSVMA and the AVMA. She is a WSVMA past president and currently chairs the AVMA House Advisory Committee.

Dr. Willis’s ascension to the Board of Board means Dr. Diana Thomé, Richland, will become the new delegate creating a vacancy in the alternate delegate position, effective at the conclusion of the summer HOD meeting. The WSVMA is currently seeking interested members to serve as alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) beginning August 2020.

Requirements for Application

  • Applicants must be a member in good standing for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years in the WSVMA and the AVMA.
  • Applicants must have experience and participation in organized veterinary medicine by serving at least two years on the WSVMA Board of Directors or on a WSVMA Committee or Task Force.
  • Submit an application to WSVMA no later than May 31, 2020.


The delegate and the alternate delegate are required to be in attendance at the convening sessions of the AVMA HOD, participate in the full assembly, and represent Washington. Other duties include attending one’s appointed reference committee meetings, staying current on issues and pending resolutions, and voting on candidates for AVMA office and Council positions. The delegate and the alternate delegate are required to attend the winter HOD meeting in conjunction with the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference every January and the HOD meeting in conjunction with the AVMA Convention in July or August. Attendance to some WSVMA Board of Directors meetings is also required.  This maintains communication between the WSVMA membership and the AVMA.


The delegate and the alternate delegate both serve four-year terms that commence at the conclusion of the July 2020 AVMA House of Delegates meeting in San Diego. Terms can be extended at the discretion of the Board.

Selection of Candidate

Interested candidates should submit a resume to the WSVMA Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to review their credentials.  Qualified candidates will be introduced and interviewed by a member of the LDC and the candidates will be expected to give a brief presentation as to their personal qualifications. The alternate delegate will be elected by the WSVMA Board of Directors in June. The newly elected alternate delegate will be expected to attend the AVMA-funded Leadership Development Program for new delegates October 19 – 20, 2020 in Schaumburg, IL.

Candidates should submit applications by May 31, 2020. Email them to [email protected], fax to (425) 396-3192 or mail to 8024 Bracken Place SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. Questions can be directed to Chief Executive Officer Candace Joy at (425) 396-3191 or [email protected].


Posted April 3, 2020