State Advocacy Committee (SAC)

The AVMA Board of Directors approved the establishment of the SAC on April 8, 2005 to support AVMA efforts to foster successful participation of constituent organizations in state legislative and regulatory affairs for the benefit of animal health and welfare, public health, and the veterinary profession.


The Committee shall:

  1. Collaborate with constituent organizations and appropriate AVMA staff to scan emerging issues and assess needs regarding state legislative and regulatory affairs.
  2. Serve as a think tank on state legislative and regulatory affairs to generate ideas, strategies, and recommendations for consideration by the constituent organizations, in addition to advising the AVMA Board of Directors.
  3. Oversee implementation of goals and objectives for AVMA’s state legislative and regulatory policy efforts and monitor their effectiveness.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

The committee shall consist of eleven voting members who will be selected from the following:

  1. Board of Directors
  2. House of Delegates
  3. Three Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE, veterinarian or non- veterinarian)
  4. East Region (Convention Zone One)
  5. Central Region (Convention Zone Two)
  6. West Region (Convention Zone Three)
  7. At large member (veterinarian or non-veterinarian)
  8. Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC)
  9. Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA)

All members, except for the SAVMA representative, are appointed by the Board of Directors - VMAE and LAC will nominate their representatives for appointment. The SAVMA member will be appointed by SAVMA. The committee’s membership should reflect the variety of interests and practice settings of veterinary medicine. In addition, an effort should be made to appoint members from both large and small states, as well as urban and rural settings. Preference will be given to nominees who have leadership experience in organized veterinary medicine.

Committee members are eligible to serve a second full 3-year term. The SAVMA representative will serve a 1-year term. Member terms may be limited by the term of service remaining with the entity being represented.


The SAC is chaired by the Board of Directors member.


In-person meetings will be held twice a year with conference calls as needed. .


Travel expenses will be authorized in accord with AVMA travel policy.


The SAC will advise and report to the Board of Directors.

Life Expectancy

Committee performance will be reviewed in compliance with AVMA governance policies