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 Nominations sought for at-large position on new AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) – June 30, 2016 — American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) members with demonstrable expertise in public health are urged to apply for a three-year term as the primary or alternate, at-large member within the association’s newly established Committee on Antimicrobials (CoA).
Nomination materials for the at-large position must be received by the office of the Executive Vice President by July 25, 2016. They may be submitted via email to, fax to (847) 925-0944, or mail to AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173.
The CoA will be advisory to the AVMA Board of Directors and will have oversight of all antimicrobial issues for the AVMA. The Board’s intent is that bringing such expertise and oversight under the auspices of a single entity, which has also been given authority to create virtual working groups, will better focus expertise and resources, enhance the effectiveness of activities, and improve the timeliness of decisions.
The committee will develop and recommend an overarching strategy that will allow the veterinary profession to effectively share robust and comprehensive recommendations for policy and its implementation with legislators, regulators, the marketplace and other stakeholders. Further, the committee will serve as the lead AVMA entity in the association’s collaboration with similarly focused stakeholders—including the human medical community—in a One Health approach to mitigating antimicrobial resistance.
Nominees for primary and alternate members to fill the other eight of the nine voting seats will be requested from allied veterinary associations. Nominees for these seats must be AVMA members with backgrounds in pharmacology, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, or a documented history of productive and collaborative contributions in the areas of antimicrobials and/or antimicrobial resistance.
The first scheduled in-person meeting of the CoA will be held at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., November 14 – 15, 2016. 

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