The name of this organization shall be the Comparative and Veterinary Specialty
Section of the Society of Toxicology, hereinafter designated as CVSS.
ARTICLE II -- OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the CVSS are:
Promote the diverse application of in vivo animal models (whole animal systems)
in toxicologic research; comparative and clinical toxicology, environmental
toxicology and to explore effects of animal disease, nutrition and other
factors that affect toxic endpoints. Serve as the focal point for interaction of members of the Society of Toxicology
who are interested in veterinary toxicology and in the use of in vivo animal
models in toxicology; Conduct cutting edge programs and educational activities
which emphasize current developments and issues of interest to CVSS members.
Relate those developments to the activities of the Society of Toxicology, and stimulate
interest and growth in use of in vivo models and veterinary toxicology
in relation to the general science of toxicology. Act as a resource to the
Society in the area of veterinary toxicology and in vivo animal models.
ARTICLE III -- MEMBERSHIP
Any member in good standing with the Society of Toxicology may become a member
of the Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section upon payment of Specialty
Section dues. A member of the Specialty Section will be dropped from membership
if dues are not paid on an annual basis or if he or she is not a member in
good standing of the Society of Toxicology.
ARTICLE IV -- OFFICERS AND COUNCILORS
The Specialty Section officers shall be President, Vice President, Vice President-Elect,
and Secretary/Treasurer. There shall be three Councilors. The Vice President-Elect
and one Councilor shall be elected annually and the Secretary/Treasurer
by the Specialty Section members. They shall serve until their successors
are installed. Officers and Councilors shall take office on May 1. Full and
members are eligible for election as officers and eligible to vote.
ARTICLE V -- ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COUNCILORS
Section 1. The office of the Presidency shall be for a term of one year.
The President, after serving one year, shall be designated immediate Past-President
for one year. The President shall preside at all meetings. For the year
in which this Section shall first be in effect, both a Vice President and Vice
President-Elect shall be elected.
Section 2. The Vice President shall become the President
of the Specialty Section after serving one year as Vice President.
3. A Vice President-Elect shall be elected by a majority vote of the
ballots cast and shall become Vice President of the Specialty Section
after serving one year as Vice President Elect.
Section 4. The Secretary/Treasurer
shall be chosen by vote of the membership for a term of two years.
Section 5. There shall be three Councilors who, together
with the officers, comprise the Executive Committee. Two shall be chosen
by a vote of the
membership for a term of two years. The third Councilor shall be
the immediate Past-President.
At the initiation of the Specialty Section, one Councilor will be
elected by the membership to a two-year term.
Section 6. A Nominating Committee consisting
of not less than three members of the Specialty Section shall be
appointed by the Executive Committee within two months following
officers. This committee shall provide a slate of candidates for
each election. The
Past President will chair the Nominating Committee.
Section 7. Elections shall be held annually in association
with the mail ballot of the
Society of Toxicology.
Section 8. In the event of a vacancy in an elective
office other than President, Vice President and Vice President-Elect,
the Executive Committee may make an appointment or provide for
a special election
to fill the vacancy until the unexpired term is completed.
In the event of a
vacancy in the Presidency, the Vice President shall accede to
that office; similarly, the Vice President-Elect shall accede to the
office of Vice
that office become vacant.
ARTICLE VI -- ADMINISTRATION
Section 1. The Specialty Section shall be governed by the
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall consist
of the four elected officers plus the three Councilors. The President
Specialty Section shall be
the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. Four members of the Executive
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 3. The President shall preside at all
meetings of the Specialty Section and of the Executive Committee and
such other duties as
directed by the Executive Committee. In the Presidentís absence,
the Vice President shall act for the President. The Vice President-Elect
shall serve in the absence of the President and Vice-President.
Section 4. The Specialty
Section shall comply with Society of Toxicology provisions for continued
1. The Specialty Section shall provide annual reports
of its activities and finances for the current year as well as plans
and finances for
the following year. Annual reports shall be submitted to the
Society of Toxicology by July 31 of each year.
2. Annual reports and plans shall be reviewed by the
Committee on Specialty Sections.
3. The Committee shall consult with the Specialty Section
as necessary and report to Council with recommendations concerning
of the Specialty
4. Society of Toxicology authorization shall be withdrawn
the Specialty Section if it fails to comply with the provisions
authorization. 5. Specialty Section policy statements must
be reviewed and
approved by the Society
of Toxicology in advance.
Section 5. The Secretary/Treasurer shall pay authorized
bills incurred by the Specialty Section as directed by
the Executive Committee. Dues and all other funds will be collected and
held by the SOT for use exclusively
the Specialty Section. The successor to the Secretary/Treasurer
shall receive all property of the Section following installation
of office. The Secretary/Treasurer
shall record all transactions of all meetings for the
the Executive Committee, and shall be responsible for the
correspondence of the Section,
and shall maintain a list of members and their status.
Section 6. Any Specialty Section
funds or other property remaining at the time of termination or abandonment
or dissolution of
Section shall be turned over
to the Society of Toxicology and shall become a part
of the Societyís general
funds; no part of any such funds or property shall inure
to the benefit of any member or officer of, or person associated with,
ARTICLE VII -- MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings shall be held at least annually and as directed by the
scientific and educational programs of the Section. The time and place of
each meeting shall
be established by the Executive Committee and communicated to the membership
at least two weeks before each meeting.
Section 2. Special meetings may
be called by the President, with the approval of the Executive Committee,
upon the presentation to the President of a petition signed by 51% of
the responding membership in good standing.
Section 3. A quorum shall consist of 51% of the responding
members in good standing.
Section 4. Executive Committee meetings shall
at the discretion
President provided that each of the members of the Committee is notified
at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII -- DUES
Dues will be established by a majority of the Executive Committee, after
which they may be changed subject to vote by members of the Section.
Section 1. The Vice President shall be Chairperson of the Program Committee,
and members are appointed by the Chairperson. The Program Committee shall
develop scientific and educational programs consistent with the objectives
of the Specialty
Section, and provide copies of material to the Secretary/Treasurer who will,
in turn, notify Council of SOT prior to developing the program. The Program
Committee shall coordinate its activities with the SOT Program Committee
and with other
appropriate Specialty Sections.
Section 2. The President shall appoint other
committees as required and shall automatically act as an ex-officio member
of such committees. Members of such committees shall serve at the discretion
ARTICLE X -- AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments to these bylaws may be presented by any member of the
Specialty Section in good standing at any regular meeting of the Section,
in writing, or
at any special meeting called for that specific purpose. They shall be presented
in written form and shall be offered to the membership present at that meeting
on motion for consideration, and circulated to the membership. A simple majority
shall be necessary to pass the motion. Amendments accepted for future consideration
and circulation shall be printed and circulated with a ballot to all members
in good standing. A two-thirds affirmative vote on the ballots returned within
30 days shall be necessary for adoption of any amendment.
Section 2. Amendments
to these bylaws must be approved by the Council of the Society of Toxicology
before they become effective. This is done to insure the Section that
future changes in these bylaws will have the same force as the original,