The Veterinary Cooperative was Recently named one of the largest Purchasing cooperatives in the United States. Jumping 4 spaces, TVC has secured its spot in the top 10. Check out the 2014 NCB Cooperative list for more information http://www.coop100.coop/
7 Cooperative Principals
From www.coop100.coop. -- Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principals and values adopted by the international cooperative Alliance in 1995. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principals to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.
- VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP - Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all able to use its services and will to accept the responsibilities of membership.
- DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL - Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members- those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative- who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
- MEMBERS ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION - Members contribute equally to and democratically control the capital of the cooperative.
- AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE - Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
- EDUCATION TRAINING AND INFORMATION - Cooperatives provide education and training for members so they can contribute effectively to the development of the cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature nature and benefits of cooperatives
- COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES - Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national structures.
- CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY - While focusing on member needs, work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.