Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee - Entity Description

In 1985 the Executive Board approved the formation of a food animal task force (initially named Food Animal Veterinarians Organized for Results) that was later renamed the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee.

Charge/Objective

  1. Identify present and future issues of mutual concern to the veterinary profession and the producers of food products derived from animals;
  2. Strengthen relationships between AVMA and organizations related to animal agriculture; and
  3. Improve communications and the flow of information among food animal organizations inside and outside AVMA to support AVMA's decision-making process.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

Members of the Committee are veterinarians, preferably AVMA members, appointed by the organizations they represent. Alternate members are also designated by their organizations and are expected to attend in the member's absence. Members shall serve three-year terms. The organizations are encouraged to limit the number of terms for these members.

One representative each from the Councils on Veterinary Service, Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, and Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine is appointed by each Council for three-year terms.

One member (whenever possible, an AVMA member) is appointed to serve a three-year term by the following organizations: Academy of Rural Veterinarians, Academy of Veterinary Consultants, American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, American Association of Avian Pathologists, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Sheep Industry Association, Aquatic Livestock Alliance, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, National Aquaculture Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Institute for Animal Agriculture, NMC (formerly the National Mastitis Council), National Milk Producer's Federation, National Pork Board, National Turkey Federation, United States Animal Health Association, and Society for Theriogenology.

The committee elects a chair and vice-chair annually from among its members.

AALC Issue Management Subcommittee: A three-member subcommittee, charged to act on behalf of the full AALC on time-sensitive issues between meetings, will comprise of the AALC Chair, and two Committee members who are AVMA members, selected by the Chair.

Executive Board Liaison: One member of the Executive Board shall serve as liaison to the Committee.

Invited Representatives

Representatives from the following organizations are invited to attend Committee meetings as observers at the organization's expense and provide the organization's perspective on veterinary and animal agricultural issues: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM); U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS); USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS); USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES).

Staff Consultants: Kristi Henderson, DVM(Assistant Director)

Meetings

Meetings are held in Schaumburg twice each year.

Funding

The AVMA fully reimburses members of the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, and Council on Veterinary Service, for expenses associated with attendance at the Committee meetings.

Members of the Academy of Rural Veterinarians, Academy of Veterinary Consultants, American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, American Association of Avian Pathologists, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Sheep Industry Association, Aquatic Livestock Alliance, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, National Aquaculture Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Chicken Council, NMC (formerly the National Mastitis Council), National Institute for Animal Agriculture, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Turkey Federation, Society for Theriogenology, and the US Animal Health Association are reimbursed for one-half their travel expense and all of their meals and lodging expenses during the meeting.

Reports

The Committee presents its recommendations to the Executive Board for approval.

Life Expectancy

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

04/09