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.  

Charge/Objective

The CIVA, in its advisory role to the AVMA Executive Board, will evaluate trends and activities that enhance and sustain the AVMA’s role in global veterinary medicine, and propose programs, initiatives, and strategic partnerships to create and enhance global opportunities for AVMA and SAVMA members. 

Membership, Method of Appointment and Representation

The committee will be composed of the following 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), one representing the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), one representing Recent Graduates or Emerging Leaders, and one representing the Student AVMA (SAVMA). 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 SAVMA representative will be appointed by the SAVMA Executive Board. The AVMA Executive Board will appoint all other representatives from nominees received.

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.

Chair

The AVMA Director of International Affairs will serve as Chair.

Meetings

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.

Reports

The activities of the committee will be reported through CIVA minutes, recommendations to the AVMA Executive Board, and written reports from the Director of International Affairs.

Life Expectancy

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