The purpose of the Committee is to address the veterinarian's role in emergency and disaster issues; to address the effects of disasters on animal health, public health, and the veterinary profession; to contribute to the development of AVMA position statements on disaster and emergency issues that affect the veterinary profession; and to develop guidelines for the veterinary profession to use regarding various aspects of disaster situations.
The committee shall consist of ten members who have established experience and expertise in disaster preparedness and emergency issues. The members are designated as follows: 1 each from VMAT (who is a member of the VMAT Program Leadership Committee), food animal practice, small animal practice, federal or state public health agency, Committee on Environmental Issues, poultry medicine, equine practice, the uniformed services, a state veterinarian who is active in disaster-related issues, and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Board of Directors (non-voting member). There shall be an Board of Directors liaison representative to the committee.
Committee members will be appointed by the Board of Directors for three-year terms, with a maximum of two terms, except that the representatives from the Committee on Environmental Issues and the AVMF Board of Directors will be appointed by those entities.
The committee will select a chair and vice chair from among its members.
Meetings are to be held twice a year in Schaumburg, IL at AVMA Headquarters.
Travel expenses are authorized in accordance with the AVMA Travel Policy.
The committee will advise and report to the AVMA Board of Directors.