The purpose of the Early Career Development Committee (ECDC) is to support AVMA efforts to strengthen the value of AVMA membership for recent graduates. The ECDC concept was developed to encourage recent graduate involvement by creating volunteer positions specifically designated for this segment of the profession and allow for varying degrees of time commitment to the Association.
The Early Career Development Committee shall consist of nine voting members who will represent the following: 1. 5 recent graduates (less than 5 years post-graduation)
2. 2 emerging leaders (5-15 years post-graduation)
3. A Faculty Advisor at a college/school of veterinary medicine
4. A representative from the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives
All nine members of the ECDC are appointed by the Executive Board Chair. Nominations, including self-nominations, will be accepted for the nine positions, with preference given to those active within the ECDC Online Veterinary Community or nominated by a principal or constituent allied veterinary medical organization of the AVMA.
Dr. Carrie Javorka, Dr. Kevin Dajka
A facilitator will be used as a link between the ECDC and AVMA staff to assist with the development and implementation of programs that will impact veterinarians early in their career.
The ECDC will advise and report to the Executive Board.
The Early Career Online Community provides professional interaction and support among recent veterinary graduates and functions as a discussion group to gather feedback for the AVMA. The Community will be associated with the ECDC and designated for recent graduates that are less than five years post-graduation from veterinary school. This community is targeted to reach a maximum capacity of 150 individuals, but can be extended if interest dictates. ECDC Online Veterinary Community participants will commit themselves to regular electronic engagement within the Community.