AVMA National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America - Entity Description

The American Veterinary Medical Association/National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (AVMA/NAVTA) Executive Board Liaison Committee was established in 1990 as an ad hoc committee to improve communication, dialog, relationships, and future activities between the two organizations. In April 2005 the AVMA Executive Board approved continued function of the committee.


  1. To ensure ongoing recognition and utilization of veterinary technicians as an integral part of the animal health care team.
  2. To increase cooperation, communication, and interaction between AVMA and NAVTA.
  3. To encourage growth of the veterinary technology profession and promote recruitment of potential students for veterinary technology programs.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

The committee consists of eight members. Three members of the committee represent the AVMA Executive Board and are appointed to two-year terms by the chair of the Executive Board. Three members of the committee represent the NAVTA and are appointed by the NAVTA Executive Committee—the executive director, the president, and president-elect. Two members of CVTEA serve in a non-voting capacity on the Liaison Committee—the CVTEA chair and one veterinary technician appointed by the CVTEA chair.


The chair of the AVMA Executive Board appoints the chair of the Liaison Committee.


Meetings are held up to twice a year at the call of the committee chair, usually at the AVMA Annual Convention or in conjunction with an AVMA Executive Board meeting.


The AVMA reimburses Executive Board members and CVTEA members for expenses associated with attending meetings of the committee. The AVMA will pay for one half of NAVTA representatives travel expenses and food and lodging expenses for one day for each meeting.


The Committee reports to the Executive Board.

Life Expectancy

The Committee will be reviewed in compliance with AVMA governance policies.