Committee on Antimicrobials


The Committee on Antimicrobials advises the AVMA Board of Directors on antimicrobial topics. Its duties include:

  • Maintain oversight of AVMA antimicrobial policies including but not limited to use, resistance, use data collection, and stewardship.
  • Serve as the primary resource to the AVMA on antimicrobial issues by utilizing committee members’ species-specific expertise and/or establishing working groups with outside subject matter experts, if needed.
  • Promote AVMA as the leader and trusted source of information on antimicrobial use in animals and primary collaborator with human medical entities in a One Health approach to the issue of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Promote antimicrobial stewardship that supports good animal health and welfare, and helps to mitigate antimicrobial resistance through the development, integration, and implementation of clear, data-driven and scientifically defensible policies and recommendations.
  • Provide AVMA members with information and tools to implement and promote antimicrobial stewardship.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation:

The Committee will consist of the following 9 voting seats, each filled by a primary member and an alternate member, both of whom are AVMA member veterinarians with backgrounds in pharmacology, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, or a documented history of productive and collaborative contributions in the area of antimicrobials and/or antimicrobial resistance.

  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • American Association of Fish Veterinarians
  • American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians
  • American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians
  • At-large member with  a demonstrated  background and expertise in public health

Primary and alternate members filling dedicated seats will be nominated by the organizations they represent.


A term is three years, and each member of the committee may serve up to two consecutive  three-year terms, or longer at the Board of Directors' discretion pending appointment of a qualified successor. One-third of the committee will have an initial one-year term; one-third will have an initial two-year term; and one-third will have an initial three-year term.

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