The Committee was established in its present form (formerly the Committee on Environmental Affairs) by the Board of Directors in April, 2001. The composition of the Committee was modified by the Board of Directors in November 2007.
The Committee shall consist of 11 members who represent each of the following areas: Small animal medicine; Avian medicine; Bovine practice; Swine practice; Small ruminant practice; Zoo and Wildlife medicine; Aquatic medicine; Veterinary toxicology; Veterinary ecology; Government service-representing federal or state agency dealing with environmental issues; AVMA's Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine.
Appointments will be for three year terms, with a maximum of two terms.
The Committee will select a chair from among its members.
The Committee will hold one meeting, of up to two days, per year at AVMA headquarters and is authorized to conduct official business electronically and by telephone throughout the year.
The AVMA will reimburse Committee members for expenses associated with attendance at authorized meetings.
The Committee will advise and report to the AVMA Board of Directors.
The Committee will be reviewed in compliance with AVMA governance policies.