Councils, Committees, Task Forces, and Trusts

The AVMA Bylaws call for six standing councils, which serve as advisory bodies to the Executive Board. The councils anticipate the needs of the profession, address issues in their assigned areas, and recommend appropriate actions to the Executive Board.

Council members must be nominated by one of the 70 organizations represented in the House of Delegates, or by petition of 10 voting members of the AVMA. They are elected to a once-renewable three-year term by the House of Delegates at an annual session to represent specific areas of the profession. The councils meet twice a year.

The Executive Board may designate special committees to consider matters of interest to the Association. Members of the committees are appointed by the Executive Board or by other organizations that are represented. In most cases, the committees, task forces, and trusts report to the Executive Board or councils. Unless otherwise indicated, these entities meet twice a year, usually in the spring and fall.

The AVMA Executive Board is also increasingly utilizing task forces to address specific, single issues and to give members a chance to serve as leaders. These entities differ from councils and committees in that they are temporary in nature and are established to address a specific issue, present a report and/or recommendations to the Executive Board, and then sunset.

Councils

Committees and Trusts

Advisory Panel to the House of Delegates
American Board of Veterinary Specialties
Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee
Animal Welfare Committee
Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee
AVMA/AAVMC Joint Committee
AVMA/NAVTA Executive Board Liaison Committee
AVMA/ASVMAE Joint Committee
AVMA Political Action Committee Board
Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee
Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues
Committee on Environmental Issues
Committee on International Veterinary Affairs
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
Convention Management and Program Committee
Early Career Development Committee
Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates
Food Safety Advisory Committee
Group Health Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT)
Governance Engagement Team
Governance Performance Review Committee
Legislative Advisory Committee
Member Services Committee
AVMA PLIT
State Advocacy Committee
Steering Committee for FDA Policy on Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobials
Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions
Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice
Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee
Veterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee