October 15, 2008


 Take a seat at the table

Nominations to AVMA entities sought 

Posted October 1, 2008 

One of the strengths of the AVMA is the extent to which its members can influence the direction of the organization. By serving on councils, committees, and other AVMA entities, volunteer leaders have an opportunity to weigh in on a broad range of veterinary-related issues, from animal welfare and food safety to education and animal drugs and vaccines.

"The AVMA is truly a member organization," said Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO and executive vice president. "We are veterinary medicine at AVMA because we rely on our members to generate the ideas and provide direction for the profession."

Dr. DeHaven first got a sense of the AVMA's broad range of activities several years ago as an official with the Department of Agriculture serving on an Association committee. "It was through my experience with the Animal Welfare Committee that I first understood and became energized about what AVMA is doing for veterinary medicine," he said. "The time commitment for most of our volunteers is minimal, but the rewards are big."

The AVMA is currently inviting nominations for 78 vacancies on Association entities and 11 liaison positions (see charts. The House of Delegates will fill council openings when it meets in July 2009 in Seattle. The Executive Board will make committee, trust, and liaison appointments at its April 2009 meeting, and the House Advisory Committee will make one appointment at its March 2009 meeting.

Because the professional classification codes serve as the reference to determine eligibility for a candidate to serve on an AVMA entity, it is imperative that the AVMA member's information be current. Therefore, candidates should visit the AVMA Web site and check the accuracy of their professional activity information by clicking on Update Your Member Information, making any adjustments that may be necessary. 


The AVMA is seeking nominations to fill 16 council vacancies. Nominations shall be made by organizations represented in the HOD or by petition of 10 voting members. 

Council nomination materials, including descriptions of the councils, and instructions for publishing candidates' biographies in the 2009 Campaign Guide will be posted by Oct. 15 on the AVMA Web site, for access by AVMA members, AVMA delegates, chief staff officers of organizations represented in the HOD, and other interested parties. These materials can also be obtained by calling AVMA headquarters at (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6605, or e-mailing OfficeEVP@avma.org.

Council nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2009, to the AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President. Nominations for the Council on Education, however, must be submitted by Feb 2, 2009. Nominators should use the prescribed nomination form to ensure that nominations will not be invalidated because the information supplied is incomplete.

Council members' terms are six years, and no council member may serve two consecutive terms on the same council. For this purpose, filling unexpired terms of three years or less will not be counted. No member may serve simultaneously in the HOD and on a council, or on two councils. A former council member may become eligible for election to a council at the next HOD annual session after the end of their council term. The AVMA Bylaws also require that, if an area of representation is specified in the vacancy, nominees must be actively engaged in that area or have been so at the time of retirement.

AVMA guidelines for council nominations further stipulate the following:

  • Nominations must be signed by an officer of the nominating organization.
  • A nominee will not be eligible to be a candidate for more than one council per year.
  • A candidate will not be permitted to change the category after the April 1 nomination deadline. 

Trusts, committees, and boards

Nominations are invited for each of the AVMA trust and committee vacancy positions to be filled by the Executive Board at its April 2009 meeting. Nominations are also invited for the Political Action Committee Policy Board member to be appointed by the HAC at its March 2009 meeting. Trust and committee nominations should be submitted to the AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President no later than March 2, 2009.  

Committee nominations, unless otherwise noted, may be made by local or state veterinary associations, by allied groups represented in the HOD, or by an AVMA member on that person's or another's behalf.

Each nomination must include a one- or two-page resume. Only the first two pages of lengthier resumes that are submitted will be reviewed.

Trust and committee nomination materials, including descriptions of the various entities, will also be posted by Oct. 15 on the AVMA Web site. Inquiries on these vacancies can be answered at (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6605, or by e-mail at OfficeEVP@avma.org.

Vacancies to be filled by the House of Delegates
Council Professional category of vacancy Individual whose term expires
Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Industry, exclusively Edward Branam
Epidemiology John Gay
Clinical pharmacology Vernon Langston
At-large D. Lisa Parshley
Communications Private practice, predominantly small animal David Koncal
Public health or regulatory veterinary medicine Martha Littlefield
At-large Saundra Willis (unexpired term ending in 2012)
Education Basic science Mary Christopher
Nonprivate practice, nonacademic veterinary medicine * D. Glen Esplin
Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine Agricultural agencies Keith Friendshuh
  Lanny Pace
Research Colleges of veterinary medicine John Baker
  Jeffrey Klausner
Veterinary Service Private practice, exclusively small animal Laurel Kaddatz
At-large Rebecca Stinson-Dixon
Judicial At-large Kent McClure


* Eligible for re-election
Predominantly means that 50 percent or more of the individual's professional activity is in the specified category.
Exclusively means that 90 percent or more of the individual's professional activity is in the specified category.


Vacancies to be filled by the Executive Board
Committee or group Representing Individual whose term expires
Animal Welfare Humane or animal welfare organization * Julie Dinnage
State VMAs * Veronica Jennings
** AAHA * Lauren Keating
ASVMAE * Glenn Kolb
Aquatic animal medicine * Jennifer Matysczak
AAEP * Nathaniel Messer
AABP James Reynolds
ASV * Martha Smith-Blackmore
Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Nonveterinarian aquaculture industry * Andrew Goodwin
Industrial veterinary medicine * Nicholas Saint-Erne
AVMA/ASVMAE Joint Executive Board Douglas Aspros
  Theodore Cohn
  Larry Kornegay
Clinical Practitioners Advisory AAAP * John French
AAAP, alternate * Danny Magee
AASV, alternate * Timothy Trayer
Disaster and Emergency Issues State veterinarians * Charlotte Krugler
Federal or state public health agency * Carol Rubin
ECFVG Clinical practitioners holding an ECFVG certificate James Corte
Canadian National Examining Board Peter Fretz
Senior administrative executives of state veterinary licensing boards Dirk Hanson
New at-large position  
Environmental Issues Veterinary ecology David Jessup
Small animal medicine * Thomas Kendall
Zoo and wildlife medicine * R. Scott Larsen
Government service Bethany O'Brien
Swine practice * Craig Rowles
Small ruminant practice * Peregrine Wolff
Food Safety Advisory AAAP * Martha Ewing
AASRP * Christine Navarre
AABP * David Smith
AASV * Elizabeth Wagstrom
International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine * Kathleen Hartman
Human-Animal Bond Small animal practice Susan Ferraro
  John Hamil
Colleges of veterinary medicine Robert Martin
Zoo/aquatic/wildlife medicine * Donald Stremme
International Veterinary Affairs AAVMC * Prema Arasu
Legislative Advisory AAEP * Robert Lewis
AAEP, alternate * Mylon Filkins
AAAP Charles Hofacre
ASLAP * Stacy Pritt
ASLAP, alternate * Mary Kennett
AASV * Harry Snelson
AASV, alternate * John Waddell
Member Services Private clinical practice, practice owner * Robert Dietl
Honor roll * Arthur Freeman
Private clinical practice, predominantly food animal * Tracy Rhodes
PAC Policy Board Area 1, Eastern states * Walter Robinson
Area 3, Western states * Travis McDermott
State Advocacy Area 1, Eastern states * Ernest Godfrey
Area 2, Central states * Tom Johnson
Area 3, Western states * Gerald Schmoling
Strategic Planning Recent graduates A. Chea Hall
Councils D. Lisa Parshley
Veterinary Leadership Conference Planning ASVMAE Mollie Rasor
House Advisory Committee *Gary Bullard
Veterinary Technician Education and Activities Veterinary state boards Edward Gordon
GHLIT At-large * James Brandt
  * James Peddie
PLIT At-large Thomas Isaac


* Eligible for re-election
If underlined, the organization nominates its representative
** See page 1208 for list of acronyms used for organizations


Vacancies to be filled by the House Advisory Committee
Group Representing Individual whose term expires
PAC Policy Board Area 2, Central states Vern Otte


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science John Baker
American Horse Council, Unwanted Horse Coalition Nathaniel Messer
American Registry of Pathology L. Garry Adams
Compendium Committee on Infection Control for Practitioners Rebecca Stinson-Dixon
Johnes Working Group Bhushan Jayarao
National Coalition on Food and Agricultural Research John Baker
National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy Julie Dinnage
Psittacosis Compendium Committee—National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Paul Garbe
Rabies Compendium Committee—NASPHV Keith Friendshuh
U.S. Animal Health Association John Scamahorn
Canadian VMA Animal Welfare Committee James Reynolds


     AAAP American Association of Avian Pathologists
     AABP American Association of Bovine Practitioners
     AAEP American Association of Equine Practitioners
     AAHA American Animal Hospital Association
     AASRP American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
     AASV American Association of Swine Veterinarians
     AAVMC Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
     ASLAP American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners
     ASV Association of Shelter Veterinarians
     ASVMAE American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives
     ECFVG Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates
     GHLIT Group Health and Life Insurance Trust
     PLIT Professional Liability Insurance Trust