Council on Research - Entity Description

  1. Composition. The Council on Research shall consist of ten voting members who are also voting members of the Association and one non-voting member representing veterinary students.
    (i.) The ten voting members of the Council on Research who are also voting members of the Associations shall represent the following areas of veterinary medical activity:
    1. Veterinary medical research (six individuals who are predominantly engaged in active research at the time of the election);
    2. Private clinical practice, not further specified (two individuals who are predominantly engaged in private clinical practice); and
    3. Academic veterinary medicine (two individuals who serve as dean or associate dean (or equivalent position) of research at an AVMA-accredited school or college of veterinary medicine, or directors of Divisions of Comparative Medicine or Departments of Veterinary Sciences.
(ii). The non-voting member of the Council on Research representing veterinary students shall be an individual currently enrolled in an AVMA-accredited school or college of veterinary medicine and shall be appointed by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association on an annual basis.

  1. Responsibility. The Council on Research advises the Board of Directors on scientific research and discovery that impacts the veterinary profession, in order to sustain and advance the scientific basis of veterinary medicine.  In this role the Council shall:
    i. Promote the highest standards of research through AVMA policies, meetings, and publications;
    ii. Collaborate with AVMA entities to communicate the importance of research and to develop communication strategies that educate the public regarding the importance of animal, human, and environmental health research; 
    iii. Advocate for the importance of research at veterinary teaching institutions and recommend appropriate research standards for consideration in the criteria for AVMA/Council on Education accreditation of schools/colleges of veterinary medicine;
    iv. Advance research education and training in veterinary professional and post-professional residency, graduate, fellowship, and clinician-scientist training programs;
    v. Identify and recommend strategies to advocate for public and private funding to advance research relevant to veterinary medicine;
    vi. Identify and recommend strategies, alliances, and cooperative relationships to advance research among groups within and outside of veterinary medicine, including the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF);
    vii. Raise the profile of scientists engaged in veterinary research and recommend recognition of their work through appropriate channels, including selection of individuals for research awards;
    viii. Serve as the advisor to the Board of Directors on the quality, relevance, and responsiveness of the AJVR to the scientific community.
Why is research important to animal and human health? Learn more in our Reference Guide on Biomedical Research.