Committee on International Veterinary Affairs - Entity Description

Established in April 2007 the purpose of the committee is to study issues of interest to the AVMA regarding international veterinary affairs and add structure to AVMA international activities.


To study global issues affecting the AVMA in areas such as the role of the Association in international affairs, forming partnerships in influencing the potential disruption of food supplies, accreditation of veterinary education, and other evolving international matters arising, and recommend to the Executive Board courses of action in international affairs of the Association.  

Membership, Method of Appointment and Representation

The committee will be composed of the following eight members: the AVMA Director of International Affairs, the US Councilor to the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the AVMA representatives to the Pan-American Association of Veterinary Sciences (PANVET) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA),  one member representing the Executive Board, two representing the AVMA Council on Education (COE), and one representing the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The AVMA Director of International Affairs, US Councilor to the WVA, and AVMA representatives to PANVET and WSAVA will serve on the basis of their positions. The Executive Board will appoint other representatives from nominees presented from the respective groups.

Representatives appointed by the Executive Board may serve a maximum of two three-year terms. Other representatives’ terms are limited by the term of service remaining with the entity being represented. 


The AVMA Director of International Affairs will serve as Chair.


Up to two meetings of two days/two nights duration will be held in the AVMA Headquarters, Schaumburg, IL. The Committee may also meet electronically. 


The activities of the committee will be reported through a written report from the Director of International Affairs to the Executive Board following each CIVA meeting.

Life Expectancy

Ongoing with review by the AVMA Governance Performance Review Committee as per AVMA policy.