Convention Education Program Committee


The CEPC is responsible for identifying and programming high quality educational opportunities at the AVMA Convention. Programming developed by the CEPC integrates with convention programming developed by AVMA staff to implement Board of Directors-approved AVMA strategic initiatives and objectives. The CEPC will collaborate with AVMA Convention and Meeting Planning Division (CMPD) staff and associated entities, allied groups and others as needed to enhance educational diversity and support mutual objectives of the AVMA.
The CEPC will develop continuing education programs within their assigned sections that is top-tier and innovative. Programs will be delivered through, but not limited to:
  • Presentations
  • Facilitated Training
  • Peer-to-Peer Experiences
  • Posters
  • Research Dissemination
  • Interactive Laboratories
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Exhibit Hall Educational Experiences
CEPC Section Managers are responsible for selecting subject matter, reviewing proposals submitted to AVMA through its call for proposal process, evaluating proposals through an online system, and conferring with AVMA CMPD staff and other Section Managers to produce a cohesive program they recommend to be accepted for the convention. Section Managers select, appoint, and may chair a subcommittee of Content Coordinators for their Section. Section Managers may delegate subject matter and speaker selection to Content Coordinators, but will work collaboratively with them to ensure the cohesiveness of the specific section and overall program.
Section Managers and their designated Content Coordinators will evaluate speaker presentation materials and sessions on-site, and may serve as moderators in various sessions.
The CEPC Management Subcommittee, made up of the Chair, Chair-Elect, and Immediate Past Chair, approves submitted CEPC programming based on recommendations from Section Managers. The CEPC Management Subcommittee will collaborate with AVMA CMPD staff to coordinate and integrate the CEPC program with the AVMA programming to deliver a seamless AVMA convention education program. The CEPC and AVMA staff may also collaborate with allied organizations and others to develop programming.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

The Committee shall consist of a Chair (Chair only votes in a tie-breaking situation), a Chair-Elect (voting), an Immediate Past Chair (non-voting) (CEPC Management Subcommittee), a BOD Liaison (non-voting), and eight Section Managers (voting) representing the following areas:
  • Companion Animal
  • Food Animal/Equine
  • Poultry Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Professional Development
  • Public and Corporate Practice
  • Interactive Laboratories/Posters
  • Veterinary Technology
A quorum is five voting members.
The Poultry Medicine Section Manager is nominated by the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) and the Practice Management Section Manager is the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee (VESC) Chair (or their designee). The AVMA BOD may appoint or reject the AAAP or VESC appointees.

Nominations for incoming Section Managers are approved by the AVMA BOD at their November meeting prior to the start of the Section Manager’s term. Incoming Section Managers will begin their term at the CEPC meeting during the Annual Convention immediately following their appointment.

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