ABVS - Committees

June 2013

  1. Executive Committee

    1. Membership—The chair, chair-elect, and one member-at-large from the ABVS comprise the EC. The EC member-at-large shall be elected annually for a one-year term.

    2. Meetings—Meets annually in the fall after receipt of annual reports, five-year in-depth reports, and petitions. Other business is conducted via teleconference, electronic communication, or correspondence.

    3. Charge
    a. Reviews policy and procedures.
    b. Develops recommendations for ABVS review.
    c. Serves as a long-range planning committee.
    d. Primarily responsible for developing the agenda for the annual meeting.
    e. Reviews the merits of complaints and recommend to the chair of the ABVS to accept or reject requests for mediation.
    f. Addresses other matters referred to it by the ABVS, the COE, the chair of the ABVS, or staff between annual meetings.
  2. Nominating Committee

    1. Membership—Comprises three ABVS representatives appointed by the chair, with the advice of the EC, following the annual session of the AVMA House of Delegates. Terms are three years and are staggered so that one person is replaced each year.

    2. Meetings—None; business is conducted by telecommunication, electronic communication, or correspondence.

    3. Charge
    a. Submits a slate of officers to the chair for review at the Executive Committee meeting prior to consideration and approval by the full ABVS at the annual meeting. 
  3.  Policies and Procedures Committee

    1. Membership—Comprises three ABVS representatives appointed by the chair, with the advice of the EC, following the annual session of the AVMA House of Delegates. Terms are three years and are staggered so that one person is replaced each year.

    2. Meetings—None; business is conducted by telecommunication, electronic communication, or correspondence.

    3. Charge
    a. Evaluates the Policies and Procedures of the ABVS for their applicability to current ABVS processes.
    b. Suggests changes or amendments to the Policies and Procedures of the ABVS to the EC.
    c. Drafts proposed changes to the Policy and Procedures of the ABVS as directed by the EC or the ABVS.
  4. Committee on Development of New Specialties (CDNS)

    1. Membership—The ABVS chair shall also chair the CDNS, which consists of the EC, the COE representative to the ABVS, the representative of the AAVMC, and three ABVS representatives appointed by the chair following the annual session of the AVMA House of Delegates with the advice of the EC. Terms of appointed ABVS representatives are three years and are staggered so that one member is appointed annually.

    2. Meetings—May meet annually at the time of the EC meeting. Other business is conducted via teleconference, electronic communication, or correspondence.

    3. Charge
    a. Receives and reviews new petitions and advises the Chair on assignment of liaison ABVS members to assist prospective veterinary specialty organizations with the recognition process.
    b. Solicits opinion and views about the proposed veterinary specialty organization from the following organizations and groups:
    i. AVMA membership through an announcement in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and on the AVMA Web site.
    ii. Existing recognized veterinary specialty organizations (RVSOs).
    iii. Appropriate veterinary societies and academies.
    iv. Appropriate educational, research, governmental, military, commercial, and public bodies.
    c. Collates information for action at the next committee meeting.
    d. Annually evaluates petitions from prospective veterinary specialty organizations as to their appropriateness for submission to the ABVS for action. When it is deemed by the CDNS that a petition is in order and the petitioning organization has fulfilled the current concepts for standards and prerequisites for an emerging organization, the petition will be submitted to the EC for assignment of reviewers and inclusion in the ABVS agenda.
    e. CDNS shall review the interim report for every provisionally recognized veterinary specialty organization. The committee shall prepare a recommendation, including a motion on the status and future development of each college, which is due at the AVMA on February 1 for consideration by the ABVS at its annual meeting. When a provisionally recognized veterinary specialty organization applies for full recognition, the interim report will be submitted along with its petition for full recognition.
    f. Review and evaluate petitions for full recognition from provisionally recognized veterinary specialty organizations. The CDNS will consider the stage of development of the veterinary specialty organization and determine from the petition whether the organization is sufficiently mature and functional to be evaluated by the ABVS membership.  The CDNS will make appropriate recommendations to the EC for further action on the petition and actions required by the veterinary specialty organization.
  5.  Postgraduate Program Evaluation Committee

    1. Membership—Comprises three members of the ABVS, appointed by the chair with the advice of the EC following the annual session of the AVMA House of Delegates, plus the AAVMC representative. Terms are three years and are staggered so that one member is appointed annually.

    2. Meetings—None; business is conducted via telecommunication, electronic communication, or correspondence.

    3. Charge
    a. Consider matters as directed by the EC or the ABVS, such as residency training programs, other approved pathway standards, and clinical experience evaluation criteria.
    b. Develop protocols for recertification.
    c. Report recommendations to the EC and the ABVS.
  6. Annual Report Review Committee

    1. Membership—Comprises three ABVS representatives appointed by the chair, with the advice of the EC, following the annual session of the AVMA House of Delegates.  Terms are three years and staggered so that one member is appointed annually. At the chair’s discretion, two additional at-large members may be appointed to the Annual Report Review Committee. Terms for at-large members are one year.

    2. Meetings—None; business is conducted by telecommunication, electronic communication, or correspondence.

    3. Charge
    a. Reviews the annual reports of fully recognized veterinary specialty organizations.
  7.  International Activities Committee

    1. Membership—Comprises four ABVS representatives, appointed by the chair, with the advice of the EC, following the annual session of the AVMA House of Delegates. Terms are four years and staggered so that one member is appointed annually.

    2. Meetings—Business is conducted by telecommunication, electronic communication, correspondence or at the ABVS annual meeting.

    3. Charge
    a. Be a conduit and clearinghouse of information between ABVS and specialty recognition organizations outside North America, and encourage collaboration between North American specialties and specialties in other countries.
    b. Report recommendations to the EC and the ABVS and other AVMA entities as appropriate.
    c. Consider matters as directed by the EC of the ABVS or the ABVS, such as topics relevant to international veterinary specialty recognition.