June 01, 2005


 Future of several AVMA entities decided

Executive Board acts on performance review recommendations

Posted May 15, 2005

The AVMA Governance Performance Review Committee was created in 2003 to review and monitor the performance of AVMA governance entities. In 2004, the committee conducted in-depth performance evaluations on most AVMA entities and submitted recommendations to the Executive Board on their continuation, structure, or function.

In April, the board considered a series of GPRC recommendations, many of which had been postponed from November 2004. Various other AVMA entities submitted memoranda for the board to weigh when deciding recommendations for specific councils or committees. Dr. Gregory Hammer, District II, reminded his fellow board members that in recommending discontinuation of certain entities, the GRPC was not minimizing the importance of an area, but rather, carrying out its charge of eliminating duplication of charges among entities.

Ultimately, the board took the following actions:

  • The board disapproved the GPRC recommendation to sunset the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee at the close of the 2005-2006 Association year. The GPRC saw potential duplication in the composition of CPAC and the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, and the committee recommended sunsetting CPAC and modifying the membership on COBTA. Most board members believed it would be a mistake, however, to sunset CPAC. Dr. Henry E. Childers, president-elect, said the two entities work well together and are "one of the biggest bangs for their bucks that AVMA gets." 
  • Modifications to the structure of the Member Services Committee recommended by the GPRC were disapproved. (Later in the board meeting, a separate recommendation from the Member Services Committee was approved to eliminate one of its honor roll members.)
  • Initiation of bylaws amendments recommended by the GPRC to restructure six AVMA councils was disapproved, and the Executive Board disapproved a recommendation to change the meeting schedule for the Judicial Council from two meetings per year to one.
  • The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates was continued, and its structure was modified by eliminating the position representing the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, at the end of the current member's term.
  • The Food Safety Advisory Committee was continued, its membership was modified by deleting two of the four members representing the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, and two meetings per year instead of four were authorized.
  • The Committee on the Human-animal Bond was continued, and its membership was modified by deleting one of the two small animal practice representatives, to be phased out through attrition.
  • The Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues was continued and an in-depth performance evaluation was scheduled for 2005.
  • The AVMA/National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Executive Board Liaison Committee was continued, and the terms of the Executive Board members were modified from one year to two.
  • Modifications to the structure of the Committee on Environmental Issues recommended by the GPRC were disapproved.
  • On the basis of in-depth performance evaluations, liaisons were continued for 2005-2008 with the Animal Health Institute, ANSI Z136.3 Subcommittee on Medical use of Lasers, Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture National Aquatic Animal Health Task Force, National Association for Biomedical Research, National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, National Institute for Animal Agriculture, National Mastitis Council, and U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.
  • On the basis of an in-depth performance evaluation, the liaison was continued and another in-depth performance evaluation scheduled in 2006 for the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
  • On the basis of annual performance evaluations, liaisons were continued and in-depth performance evaluations scheduled in 2006 for the American Fisheries Society—Fish Health Section and American Registry of Pathology.

Among other committee-related recommendations, the board approved a request from the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee to add a member to the AALC representing the National Aquaculture Association, the largest producer association representing U.S. aquaculture. Also, the board reauthorized a second meeting each year for the AVMA/Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Joint Committee to ensure the rapid and effective communication often needed when the joint committee addresses mutually important issues that require timely action, particularly congressional matters.