The House Advisory Committee (HAC) is composed of seven delegates and/or alternate delegates elected by the House of Delegates for a three-year term. Members are eligible for a second, consecutive three-year term. Among its responsibilities, the HAC acts in a leadership capacity to the House of Delegates on all matters referred to the House of Delegates' reference committees; acts as the Bylaws committee for the House of Delegates; and reviews and approves the credentials of candidates for president-elect, vice president, councils, the HAC, and, when necessary, the president. The HAC usually meets five times per year—twice during the AVMA Convention, once immediately prior to the Veterinary Leadership Conference, and once each in the fall and spring.
HAC members represent the following categories: private practice, predominantly food animal; private practice, predominantly equine; private practice, mixed, with several species of animals including both food or equine and small companion animal; private practice, predominantly small animal; teaching and research; federal or state government salaried veterinarians; and at-large.
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