Constitution and By-Laws
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter
American Association of Equine Practitioners


Constitution
Article I - Title

Section 1
This Association shall be known as Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. (SCAAEP)

Article II - Objectives

Section 1
The objectives of this Association shall be:
  1. to enhance the educational opportunities of the professional students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
  2. to inform students about veterinary related problems currently affecting the horse industry.
  3. to promote the exchange of professional knowledge among students and practitioners for the advancement of equine health.

Article III - Membership

Section 1
Active membership on the Student Chapter, AAEP shall be open to all students in the professional curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.

Article IV - Officers

Section 1
The officers of this Student Chapter shall be a president, a president-elect, a vice president, a secretary-treasurer, and a faculty sponsor.
Section 2
The method of election, duties and tenure of office shall be defined in the By-Laws.

Article V - Amendments

Section 1
This Constitution can be amended only by a majority voty of the active members present at a regular meeting of the Student Chapter, provided the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing, and read at the previous regular meeting.

By-Laws

Article I - Election of Officers

Section 1
Eligibility: Active members only shall have the privilege of voting or holding office.
Section 2
Election of Officers: Officers will be elected by a majority vote of the membership in session at the last formal meeting of the academic year. If two or more nominations are made for the same office, vote will be by show of hands and if any candidate does not receive a mojority of the votes cast on the first ballot, the names of the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be balloted upon again.
Section 3
Tenure: Terms of office shall begin at the close of the last regular meeting of the academic year and shall continue until the close of the last regular meeting of the following academic year.

Article II - Duties of Officers

Section 1
The duties of the President shall be:
  1. To preside at regular and special meetings of the Chapter.
  2. To appoint committees as deemed necessary to carry out Chapter objectives.
  3. To coordinate and supervise activities of the Chapter.
  4. To act as liaison with faculty sponsor.
Section 2
The duties of the President-elect shall be:
  1. To preside at regular and special meetings of the Chapter in the absence of the President.
  2. To take over the duties of the office of President in the event that officer is incapable of performing his/her duties or the office is vacated.
  3. To develop programs and arrange speakers and field trips for the Chapter meeting.
Section 3
The duties of the Vice President shall be:
  1. To assist the President-elect in all duties as requested.
  2. To take over the duties of the office of President-elect in the event that officer is incapable of performing his/her duties or the office is vacated.
  3. To assist the President-elect in program development.
Section 4
The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be:
  1. To collect all dues of the local chapter.
  2. To take minutes of each regular and special meeting of the Chapter and report these minutes at the next regular meeting.
  3. To maintain records of all Chapter business and correspondence, including membership records.
  4. To notify members of all regular and special meetings of the Chapter.
  5. To be custodian of the funds of the Chapter and to be jointly responsible with the President, President-elect, or faculty advisor/sponsor for signing all checks.
  6. To receive and count ballots cast at the regular elections.

Article III - Membership

Section 1
Applicants for membership must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine, have professional interest in equine practice, and share the goals and objectives of the Student Chapter.
Section 2
Local dues will be collected as deemed necessary by chapter members to finance speakers, field trips, and other chapter activities.

Article IV - Meetings

Section 1
The place, dates, and times of regular meetings shall be decided by majority to vote at the first meeting of the academic year, to be called at the President's discretion.
Section 2
The order of business at regular meetings shall be:
  1. Call to order.
  2. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting.
  3. Reports of Office and committees.
  4. Old Business.
  5. New Business.
  6. Announcements.
  7. Professional Program.
  8. Adjournments.
Section 3
Quorum: The membership present at a duly called regular meeting or special meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 4
Special meetings of the chapter may be called upon a majority of the Officers, or upon petition of a majority of active members. Notice of such special meetings and their purpose(s) shall be given to all members at least 5 days before they are to be held. The business of a special meeting shall be limited to the purpose(s) for which it is called.
Section 5
There shall be a minimum of two faculty sponsors to be decided upon by the membrship at the first regular meeting of each academic year. At least one of the faculty sponsors shall be an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Article IV - Amendments

Section 1
These By-Laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Chapter by a majority vote of the members present provided the proposed amendment is presented in writing and has been read to the members present.
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