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); a representative from the American Association of Fish Veterinarians; 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.
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.