Councils, committees, task forces, and trusts

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The AVMA Bylaws call for five standing councils, which serve as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors. The councils anticipate the needs of the profession, address issues in their assigned areas, and recommend appropriate actions to the Board of Directors.

Council members must be nominated by one of the 70 organizations represented in the House of Delegates, or by petition of 10 voting members of the AVMA. They are elected to once-renewable three-year terms by the House of Delegates to represent specific areas of the profession. The councils meet twice a year.

Separate from the councils, the Board of Directors may designate special committees to consider matters of interest to the Association. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors or by other organizations that are represented. In most cases, the committees, task forces, and trusts report to the Board of Directors or to councils. Unless otherwise indicated, these entities meet twice a year, usually in the spring and fall.

The AVMA Board of Directors also uses task forces to address specific, single issues and to give members a chance to serve in leadership positions. These entities differ from councils and committees in that they are temporary in nature and are established to address a specific issue, present a report and/or recommendations to the Board of Directors, and then sunset.


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Committees and trusts

Advisory Panel to the House of Delegates
American Board of Veterinary Specialties
Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee
Animal Welfare Committee
Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee
AVMA/AAVMC Joint Committee
AVMA Political Action Committee Board
Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee
Committee on Advancing Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
Committee on Antimicrobials
Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues
Committee on Environmental Issues
Committee on International Veterinary Affairs
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) Selection Committee
Convention Education Program Committee
Council on Education Selection Committee
Early Career Development Committee
Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates
Food Safety Advisory Committee
Legislative Advisory Committee
Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions
Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee
Veterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee
Veterinary Specialty Organizations Committee