Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine - Entity Description

  1. Composition. The Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine shall consist of ten voting members of the Association representing the following areas of veterinary medical activity:
    (i.) Public health agencies or the uniformed services (four individuals);
    (ii.) Agricultural agencies (four individuals); and
    (iii.) At-large (two individuals).​
  2. Responsibility. The Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine shall:
    (i.) Provide expert advice and consultation on issues related to safeguarding animal and public health, as well as identify, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding emerging issues involving preventive medicine and public practice;
    (ii.) Work collaboratively with other AVMA entities and staff to identify and respond to emerging issues impacting human and veterinary medicine;
    (iii.) Provide recommendations to support and enhance the role of public practice veterinarians and USDA accredited veterinarians in conducting regulatory activities for the prevention, control, and eradication of animal diseases and the promotion of food safety and defense;
    (iv.) Provide representatives to and work collaboratively with other AVMA entities to recommend and encourage programs that assure active participation by veterinarians to protect public health and contribute to a healthy agriculture industry;
    (v.) Provide expertise and review of current information regarding zoonotic diseases in order to contribute towards policy development, proposed legislation, and public and veterinary education;
    (vi.) Provide recommendations to encourage greater participation by the veterinary community including public and private practitioners in the field of preventive medicine and public health;
    (vii.) Recommend and encourage the development and support of programs and policies designed to prevent, control, and eradicate animal diseases at the local, state, national, and international level.