Advisory Panel Pilot Program

AVMA members are integral in guiding AVMA activities and policies, providing expertise and advice that directs the association's work on behalf of members and the veterinary profession. The Advisory Panel Pilot Program creates two panels – the Practice Advisory Panel and the Regulatory Advisory Panel –comprised of AVMA members with relevant expertise who strategically identify, prioritize, and process important veterinary issues and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Practice Advisory Panel focuses on clinical practice and small business issues, while the Regulatory Advisory Panel focuses on governmental regulatory matters that are germane to the panel’s delineated areas of expertise.

The pilot program, implemented by the Board of Directors in 2015 and scheduled to run through the end of 2016, was developed to streamline processes and allow more members to participate actively in shaping AVMA policies and activities. It will be assessed regularly and modified as needed, based on feedback and outcomes.

Structure, simplified

The Advisory Panel Pilot program has several levels of participation and offers a variety of ways for members to be involved on their own terms. The panels themselves represent only one level of participation and involvement. Each panel has the option to convene ad hoc working groups to address specific issues (Level 2 on the diagram), and these working groups would be made up of AVMA members with specific interest and expertise in the topics being addressed. These working groups might convene in conference calls and/or email exchanges, or work in depth in a face-to-face meeting to discuss a specific issue. Among the input they would consider would be comments and suggestions submitted by the broad range of AVMA members.

Where does an AVMA member fit into this program?

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Update your member profile to list your board certifications and interests. We use these to contact you about specific working groups that are forming.

All AVMA members have a place in this program; as veterinarians, all members possess expertise that can benefit AVMA decision-making, and so all members have the opportunity to contribute . Any member can comment on any specific AVMA policy and on issues that are being considered by working groups or advisory panels. We’ll post the issues that each panel is or will be considering, and you can provide your input via policy comments, blog comments, email, surveys, etc. – we’ll let you know the channels through which we’re collecting input. Participation is voluntary, but we strongly encourage all members to make their voices heard on issues that concern them; it is by bringing together all of our diverse perspectives that we make the AVMA the most effective advocate for veterinarians and veterinary medicine.

Call for applications for Telemedicine Working Group​ (due January 22, 2016)

Looking for a more active role?

The ad hoc working groups (Level 2) are comprised of AVMA members whose credentials have been evaluated and verified regarding their expertise on certain topics. Anyone who currently serves or has served within the last five years on any AVMA leadership entity (council, committee, task force, working group, etc.) is automatically included in the pool of eligible candidates for working group participation. Board-certified specialists also are automatically eligible.

But any AVMA member can be considered for participation on ad hoc working groups by submitting your resume or curriculum vitae and a letter summarizing your qualifications in areas of expertise via email​. We also may contact you about participation on specific topics based on the website interests you indicate on your member profile. Please keep your interests updated, so we know the topics that most interest you.

If you are contacted by an advisory panel and presented with an opportunity to serve on an ad hoc working group, you may choose to participate or you can decline the invitation, based on your availability and interest at the time. Declining an opportunity does not remove you from consideration for future opportunities. If, however, you would like to opt out of being solicited for participation in working groups, you may do so at any time by sending an email.

Q: How do you serve on an advisory panel?

A: Advisory panel members are credentialed and chosen by a selection committee. In order to become an advisory panel member, members need to apply for a vacant position, meet the criteria for selection, and be selected to fill the position.

Q: Can non-members be involved?

A: We realize that there are veterinarians and other professionals who are not members of the AVMA but have much-needed expertise. These people will be identified by existing Advisory Panel members, with assistance from AVMA staff and other volunteer leaders, and will be invited to participate where appropriate.

Q: How can members provide input on the pilot advisory panel program?

A: The best way to provide input on the program itself, or to contact us with questions about the pilot program, is to email us.

Q: How will the pilot program be evaluated for success?

A: We plan to evaluate success through both qualitative and quantitative means, including pre-pilot and post-pilot surveys and collecting individual feedback during the program. If you have thoughts about how to improve the program, please email them to us.