The AVMA Bylaws call for six 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 a once-renewable three-year term by the House of Delegates at an annual session to represent specific areas of the profession. The councils meet twice a year.
The Board of Directors may designate special committees to consider matters of interest to the Association. Members of the committees 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 councils. Unless otherwise indicated, these entities meet twice a year, usually in the spring and fall.
The AVMA Board of Directors is also increasingly utilizing task forces to address specific, single issues and to give members a chance to serve as leaders. 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.
Advisory Panel to the House of DelegatesAmerican Board of Veterinary SpecialtiesAnimal Agriculture Liaison CommitteeAnimal Welfare CommitteeAquatic Veterinary Medicine CommitteeAVMA/AAVMC Joint CommitteeAVMA/NAVTA Leadership CommitteeAVMA/ASVMAE Joint CommitteeAVMA Political Action Committee BoardClinical Practitioners Advisory CommitteeCommittee on Disaster and Emergency IssuesCommittee on Environmental IssuesCommittee on International Veterinary AffairsCommittee on Veterinary Technician Education and ActivitiesConvention Education Program CommitteeCouncil on Education Selection CommitteeEarly Career Development CommitteeEducational Commission for Foreign Veterinary GraduatesFood Safety Advisory CommitteeGovernance Performance Review CommitteeLegislative Advisory CommitteeAVMA PLITAVMA LIFE Board of Trustees (formerly AVMA GHLIT)State Advocacy CommitteeSteering Committee on Human-Animal InteractionsVeterinary Economics Strategy CommitteeVeterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee
Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal PracticeTask Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation
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