Association of Kerala Veterinarians in North America (AKVNA) is an official nonprofit organization. The idea of an organization of all Kerala vets in north America was conceived few years back in July 2000 in a meeting at Detroit, Michigan. USA. Dr. Krishna Menon, Dr.Sreekumar Pillai, Dr.Mathew Varughese, and Dr.Thomas Devasia.were present in this Detroit meet and after which the organization officially started functioning in year 2002. The organization aims at opening communication channels among all Kerala veterinarians in north America, contribute to the members and also to veterinary education in Kerala.

The second annual meeting of the organization was held at Chicago, IL. on October 11th, 2003.The third annual meeting of the organization was held at Desi Village Restaurant in Philadelphia on August 7 2004. The fourth Annual meeting was held at Florida (2006-07). The fifth annual meet was held at Washington DC in 2008 followed by sixth annual meet at Sterling, VA on May 9, 2009. The following members were nominated as office bearers for the year 2009-10

President: Dr. Rajeev Nair (Tifton, Georgia)

Secretary: Dr. Sabir Kunnath (Hamilton, Canada)

Treasurer: Dr. Justin Fernandez (Fairfax, Virginia)

Board of Directors:

Dr. Joseph Luca (Chicago, IL)

Dr. Manu Sebastian (New York, NY)

Dr. Binu Velayudhan (Blacksburg, VA)

Dr. Mini Manuel (Enola, PA)

Dr. Naveen Surendran (Blacksburg VA)






Article I


Section 1:  This Association shall be known as Association of Kerala Veterinarians in North America (AKVNA).

Section 2:  The Association shall be organized and shall be operated as a non-profit organization as set forth in the Section 501 (c) 6 of the Internal Revenue Code 1954, as amended.


Article II (Objectives)


Section 1:  The objectives of the Association shall be: 

  • To promote goodwill, cooperation and fellowship amongst graduates of Kerala Veterinary Colleges and /or graduate veterinarians of  Kerala descent.
  • To promote and preserve the interest of its members and to seek protection of  their rights and privileges.
  • To promote and maintain ethical standards of the veterinary profession, conduct  educational seminars, forums, panels, lectures or other similar programs.
  • To promote professional advancement and enlarge public understanding of the nature of veterinary medical profession.

Article III (Membership)


Section 1:  The membership of this Association shall consist of the following:

(A)       General Membership: The general membership otherwise known as active membership shall consist of graduates of veterinary medicine of Kerala or veterinary graduates of Kerala descent living in North America who agree to abide by the principles of veterinary medical ethics, constitution and the bylaws of this Association.

(B)       Student Membership: Graduate veterinarians from Kerala or Kerala descent enrolled in a school in North America.

(C)       Life Membership:  Kerala veterinary graduates or graduate veterinarians from Kerala descent who have paid the life membership dues as set forth by the General Body. 

(D)       Honorary Membership: (1)   Veterinarians who have been active members in good standing for five years until their retirement are now have no direct income from  veterinary profession. (2)  Any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the “AKVNA"


Article IV (Officers)


Section I: The management of AKVNA shall be the President, President-elect, Secretary,  Treasurer, immediate past President and four Board members. The eligibility, tenure, duties, and methods of election or appointment of the officers shall be described by the Bylaws.


Article V (Officers of the association


Section 1:  The management and operation of “AKVNA” shall be vested in the elected officers who shall meet at such times and places as determined by the President, or by the majority of the Board members.


Article VI (Meetings)


Section 1: There shall be at least one general membership meeting of the Association each year in November/December decided by the Officers, conveyed in accordance with Bylaws. Treasure from the current board members and a new Board member from   the pool of Active members for the next year will be elected on this annual general meeting by ballot. Other meetings may be scheduled at discretion of the President of the Board.

Section 2:  A special meeting/business meeting of the general membership shall be called by the President when in his opinion, the necessity exists, or on a written request signed by a simple majority of the members, but the subjects to be discussed at  the said meeting shall be set forth in the said request and two weeks written notice of the date, time, place and subject of any such meeting shall be given to each member of the Association.  No business other than that specified in the written notice shall be transacted at such meeting. During this meeting business will be conducted by a simple majority of attending general body members.

Section 3: The minutes of each regular and special meeting shall be prepared by the Secretary and read and approved at the next meeting.

Section 4: The President will hold Board meetings on a need basis.


Article VII (Amendments)


Section 1: The Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-third of the active members present and voting at any annual or special meeting of the Association, provided that the quorum is present and the proposed change was presented to the members in writing at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting. The amendment shall be presented in writing, signed by at least three members in good standing to the Secretary. The amendment shall be debated, with opinions for and against expressed, and then after all debate is over, put to vote.

Section 2: The amendments adopted under the provisions set forth in this article shall immediately become part of the constitution and bylaws.






 Article I ( Officers )


Section 1:  The corporate Officers will be the President, President elect, Secretary and Treasurer and four Board members. A Board of Directors consisting of nine voting members, including the current office bearers and the immediate past President plus four Board members shall be constituted.

Section 2: In the event of a death, resignation or vote of no confidence of the President, President-elect shall immediately assume responsibility and execute the duties of the President ‘s office for the remainder of the term.

 Section 3: In the event of death, resignation or vote of no-confident of President –elect, President-elect shall be elected within thirty days.

 Section 4:  In the event of death, resignation or removal of a Secretary, Treasurer or a Board member, the President shall appoint a new person who shall be approved by a simple majority of the members present at the meeting within thirty days.

Section 5:   The office bearers shall take office on January 1st after their election.



Article II ( The President )


Section 1: The President shall be the chief Executive of the Association.

Section 2: The term of the President shall be for one year commencing January 1st of a calendar year.

Section 3:  Duties of Office: (A) The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association. In his absence, the President-elect shall preside at the meetings. (B) The President shall only vote in case of tie vote. C)  President shall appoint all regular and special committees and will be ex-officio member of all committees.(D)  President along with the Treasure shall have the authority to approve the payment of any bills and sign the checks of the Association. If the Treasurer is unable to perform his/her duty, the President shall be empowered to dispense funds.

Section 4: In the event of emergency, not provided for in this constitution and bylaws, President shall hold office until his successor has been elected and installed.


   Article III (The Secretary)



Section 1: Duties of Office:

(A)   The Secretary shall prepare the announcement for the meetings and send them to the membership.

(B)   The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the proceedings, and read the meeting minutes in the next meeting. The minutes should be approved by the membership after they are read.

(C)   The Secretary shall coordinate the work of different committees of the Association, and consolidate their reports for presentation to the General Body.

(D)   The Secretary shall execute other responsibilities as and when asked to by the President.


Article IV (The Treasurer )


Section 1: Duties of Office:

(A)     The Treasure shall maintain the accounts of the Association. 

(B)  The Treasurer shall receive the membership dues and provide receipts to the membership.

 (C)  The Treasurer, along with the President shall maintain bank account and sign checks disbursing the Association funds. The only other person authorized to sign the Association checks is the President.

(D)  The Treasurer shall present a fiscal report at the Association’s annual report in December of each year.

(E)   The treasure shall be responsible for audits of Association accounts, and in cooperation with the President, shall prepare and submit any and all IRS documents, as and when necessary.



Article V( The Members of the board)


Section 1: The membership dues for members of the Association shall be determined by a  majority vote of General Body.

Section 2: Once decided and implemented, the amount of membership dues can only be  amended by a two-third majority of the General Body.

Section 3: The Honorary Membership shall be awarded by the Association with full rights and privileges without any dues and voted by a majority vote of the attending General Body members.

Section 4: The dues of active annual membership shall be paid by 31st January of the calendar year. Reminders must be sent by November 15th of preceding year.


   Article VII (Annual Election of the board members)


Section 1: The President shall hold the office for one year. President-elect automatically succeed the office of the President for the next year. In the same manner, the succession of the office shall be in the ascending sequence, like- Treasurer to Secretary to President-elect and finally President.

Section 2: The President appoints three immediate past Presidents to serve on the nominating committee. The nominating committee will call for nominations for Treasurer from the present Board members and the Board Member’s vacancy from the active members of AKVNA setting the closing date for receiving the ballot papers. The committee will tally the ballot papers and declare the results of election at the time of Annual Cultural Program.



              Article VIII (Committees)


Section 1: The President may appoint the Chairperson of the following committees:

 (A)  Membership/ auxiliary Liaison (B)   Public Relations (C)  Cultural Activities (D)  Professional Activities (E)   Nominating (F)  Awards (G)  Program (H)  Advisory

Section 2: If any other committee, except as stated in Section 1 of the article needs to be formed, it can be done by a majority vote of the attending General membership.



              Article IX (Fiscal Year)


Section 1: The Fiscal Year of the Association shall be from January 1st to December 31st.


      Article X (Awards)


Section 1:  Awards and recognition given by AKVNA shall be approved by the Board.