Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee - Entity Description


To serve as an advisory committee to the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and insure wide species-based, veterinary practitioner input on issues of biologic and therapeutic agents including but not limited to drug availability, distribution, use and residue control, and on quality assurance for products of food animal origin.

Membership, Representation, and Method of Appointment

The Committee will consist of members who are representatives from the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, aquaculture and seafood medicine, and zoo and wildlife medicine .

Each organization represented on CPAC, except COBTA, will nominate two clinical practitioners to serve as its representative and alternate representative. The alternate representative will serve when the primary representative is unavailable. The AVMA Board of Directors will consider and appoint the representative for each organization, but may reject a nominee for cause and request the nominating organization to nominate another member.

The AVMA Board of Directors will appoint the primary and alternate representative for aquaculture and seafood medicine from among nominees submitted by AVMA constituent organizations and for zoo and wildlife medicine from among nominees solicited from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.

Appointments of all representatives, except the representative from COBTA, will be for three years, but any represented organization may request that its representative be terminated early and nominate a replacement to fill the unexpired term. Representatives may serve a maximum of two 3-year terms. Each year, COBTA will appoint its representative and an alternate representative for a one-year term.

An advisor from the Animal Health Institute, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration-Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Safety and Inspection Service are also invited to attend the meetings.


The member of the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents will serve as Chair of the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee.


The committee meets twice per year, prior to and in conjunction with the meetings of the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. Meeting agendas are established by the Committee Chair.


The AVMA will reimburse committee members for authorized expenses.


The Committee reports its activities and makes recommendations for action to the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents.

Life Expectancy

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