The AqVMC is charged with advocating and promoting the role of the veterinarian in aquatic animal health on local, national, and international issues. The AqVMC shall:
Membership is made up of veterinarians, and one non-veterinarian with interests in aquatic animal medicine from the following categories: academia (veterinary school teaching, research, clinical or extension faculty); diagnostic services (academic, private or government diagnostic laboratory); corporate or laboratory aquatic veterinary medicine; public health/epidemiology; aquaculture food animal production (private or public practice); companion (ornamental) aquatic animals (private clinical practice); state or federal regulatory veterinary medicine; aquatic invertebrate health (mollusk, crustacean, corals, etc.); aquatic animal conservation medicine (wildlife, zoo, aquarium, marine mammals); and a non-veterinarian with expertise to enhance aquatic veterinary medicine and fulfilling the objectives of the AqVMC. With the exception of the chair, appointments are made for a term of three years, on a staggered basis, with a maximum of 2 terms for any member's initial appointment. A partial term greater than 1 year is considered one term.
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 aquatic veterinary issues: American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV), Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquaria (AMMPA); American Fisheries Society, Fish Health Section (AFS-FHS); Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA); Department of Commerce, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-NMFS); Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI-USFWS); DOI, U.S. Geological Survey (DOI-USGS); Food and Drug Administration-Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM); FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA-CFSAN); National Aquaculture Association (NAA); USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (APHIS-VS); USDA-APHIS, Center for Veterinary Biologics (APHIS-CVB); and the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA).
The committee members annually appoint the Chair.
A three-member subcommittee, comprising the AqVMC Chair and two Committee members who are veterinarians selected by the Committee as a whole, is charged to act on behalf of the full AqVMC on time-sensitive issues between meetings.
The Committee reports to the Board of Directors.
Meetings are held twice a year in Schaumburg.
The AVMA will reimburse Committee members for authorized expenses.
The Committee will be reviewed in compliance with AVMA governance policies.