State Advocacy Committee (SAC) - Entity Description

The AVMA Board of Directors approved the establishment of the SAC on April 8, 2005 to support AVMA efforts to foster successful participation of constituent organizations in state legislative and regulatory affairs for the benefit of animal health and welfare, public health, and the veterinary profession.


The Committee shall:

  1. Collaborate with constituent organizations and appropriate AVMA staff to scan emerging issues and assess needs regarding state legislative and regulatory affairs.
  2. Provide a Crisis Advisory Team (CAT) that is able to respond rapidly in urgent situations to address gaps in AVMA policy in regard to state legislative and regulatory affairs by developing recommendations for immediate or expedited consideration by the Board of Governors or the Board of Directors.
  3. Serve as a think tank on state legislative and regulatory affairs to generate ideas, strategies, and recommendations for consideration by the AVMA Board of Directors.
  4. Develop guidance for this AVMA effort including:
    1. Establishment of state legislative and regulatory priorities in order to guide the association's allocation of resources for this new function.
    2. A process by which constituent organizations may request AVMA involvement.
    3. A description of instances when, and mechanisms by which, the AVMA may become involved without a specific request from a constituent organization.
    4. A process for resolving differences between AVMA policies and positions and those of constituent organizations.
    5. An approach to handling competing priorities.
    6. A mechanism to assess outcomes and implement an exit strategy.
  5. Oversee implementation of goals and objectives for AVMA's state legislative and regulatory policy efforts and monitor their effectiveness.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

The committee shall consist of eight voting members who will represent the following:

  1. Board of Directors
  2. House of Delegates
  3. American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE, veterinarian or non-veterinarian)
  4. East Region (Convention Zone One)
  5. Central Region (Convention Zone Two)
  6. West Region (Convention Zone Three)
  7. At large member (veterinarian or non-veterinarian)
  8. Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC)

All members are appointed by the Board of Directors - ASVMAE and LAC will nominate their representatives for appointment. The committee's membership should reflect the variety of interests and practice settings of veterinary medicine. In addition, an effort should be made to appoint members from both large and small states, as well as urban and rural settings.

Committee members are eligible to serve two consecutive 3-year terms. Member terms may be limited by the term of service remaining with the entity being represented.

Crisis Advisory Team

The Crisis Advisory Team includes two members of the SAC (the chair of the Committee and another member of SAC designated by the Committee Chair) plus the Committee's staff consultant.


The SAC is chaired by the Board of Directors member who shall also chair the CAT.


Meetings will be held up to twice a year in Schaumburg, IL at AVMA Headquarters.


Travel expenses will be authorized in accord with AVMA travel policy.


The SAC and CAT will advise and report to the Board of Directors.

Life Expectancy

Committee performance will be reviewed in compliance with AVMA governance policies