The AVMA Bylaws call for six standing councils, which serve as advisory bodies to the Executive Board. The councils anticipate the needs of the profession, address issues in their assigned areas, and recommend appropriate actions to the Executive Board.
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 Executive Board may designate special committees to consider matters of interest to the Association. Members of the committees are appointed by the Executive Board or by other organizations that are represented. In most cases, the committees, task forces, and trusts report to the Executive Board or councils. Unless otherwise indicated, these entities meet twice a year, usually in the spring and fall.
The AVMA Executive Board 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 Executive Board, 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 Executive Board Liaison 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 Management and Program CommitteeEarly Career Development CommitteeEducational Commission for Foreign Veterinary GraduatesFood Safety Advisory CommitteeGroup Health Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT)Governance Engagement TeamGovernance Performance Review CommitteeLegislative Advisory CommitteeMember Services CommitteeAVMA PLITState Advocacy CommitteeSteering Committee for FDA Policy on Veterinary Oversight of AntimicrobialsSteering Committee on Human-Animal InteractionsTask Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal PracticeVeterinary Economics Strategy CommitteeVeterinary Leadership Conference Planning Committee
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