March 01, 2010


 New task force, commission seek nominations

Posted Feb. 18, 2010

Nominations are now open for two new AVMA entities.

The Task Force on AVMA Programs for Students and Recent Graduates and the AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission were established by the AVMA Executive Board at its Jan. 8 meeting.

The task force is set up to aid the AVMA in reviewing current student programs, comparing them those programs with other association plans and the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives' recent graduate report, determining the needs of students and recent graduates, and developing a strategic plan that incorporates tactics that have been successful.

The commission is charged with creating a vision for AVMA that would incorporate the qualities and characteristics needed to position the AVMA as a dynamic association that becomes increasingly relevant and responsive to the membership and the public 6 to 10 years in the future.

Both groups will require members who represent sundry experiences and perspectives in and outside the veterinary profession, and will include diversity among appointees on the basis of gender, generation, and ethnicity.

The task force will be composed of eight members: two recent graduates, two veterinary students, two faculty advisers, one at-large veterinarian, and one Executive Board member. AVMA or Student AVMA membership is not required to serve on this task force.

The task force will hold up to two meetings over a two-day/two-night period at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, with electronic meetings and conference calls as required.

Approximately 10 individuals will be selected to sit on the commission; nominees are expected to be progressive, "big picture" thinkers who will contribute to critical strategic discussions, ask pivotal questions, and challenge assumptions to identify and create a vision.

The commission will have up to three, two-day meetings in Schaumburg and conference calls as needed.

Nominations for either entity should include a completed nomination form and a one- to two-page resume. All nominations must be received by March 15. It is anticipated that the task force and commission will be fully appointed by May 1.

Nominations for the Task Force on AVMA Programs for Students and Recent Graduates should be submitted to Dr. Kevin J. Dajka by e-mail at, by fax at (847) 303-5669, or by mail to Dr. Kevin J. Dajka, Director, Membership and Field Services Division, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL, 60173.

Nominations for the AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission should be sent by e-mail to, by fax to (847) 925-0944, or by mail to AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL, 60173.