May 15, 2006


 AVMA liaisons, other affiliations considered

Posted May 1, 2006

The Executive Board acted on various motions involving AVMA memberships and liaisons with relevant organizations.

Membership in the National Organization for Competency Assurance was approved at a cost of $600 annually. The American Board of Veterinary Specialties submitted the recommendation because this resource will enable AVMA staff to disseminate credentialing and certification information to recognized veterinary specialty organizations to assist them in enhancing their programs.

The board approved establishment of an AVMA liaison relationship with the Aquaculture Commodity Working Group of the Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Reporting System, at no cost. The AVMA Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee views this as an opportunity for the Association to contribute toward issues affecting aquatic animal health and the veterinary profession.

On the basis of in-depth evaluations conducted by the AVMA Governance Performance Review Committee, the board approved continuation from 2006-2009 for the following 14 liaison relationships at a budgeted cost of $43,700 annually (for dues and travel) in 2006 and 2007: Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, American Feed Industry Association, American Fisheries Society/Fish Health Section, Animal Health Institute, Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods, Health Level Seven, Johne's National Working Group, Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture-Working Group for Quality Assurance, Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research, National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy, Psittacosis Compendium Committee, Rabies Compendium Committee, and U.S. Animal Health Association.

During discussion, board members agreed that the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is an important industry partner. A performance evaluation, however, found that the AVMA's liaison with the NCBA is no longer an effective use of Association resources, so the board terminated it. Other interactions between the NCBA and AVMA currently serve as avenues of communication.

The board declined an invitation from the Animal Agriculture Alliance for AVMA membership. The Association will continue to participate in certain alliance activities as an independent entity.

The board also disapproved a recommendation to send a joint letter from the AVMA and Humane Society of the United States to members of Congress, conveying both organizations' support for and collaboration in advancing several legislative proposals.