Volunteers needed: New opportunities to give back to veterinary medicine

Published on September 19, 2017

The American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) has a unique opportunity for veterinarians without board certifications to get involved with its work.

VolunteerOpenings_TwitterThe ABVS is one of numerous AVMA councils and committees that are seeking volunteers to serve in a variety of positions overseeing the AVMA’s work on behalf of members and veterinary medicine. The ABVS is looking for three non-board-certified veterinarians to join the committee, which is charged with recognizing current and new specialty organizations that conduct board certification of veterinarians in specialized fields.

Beginning in 2018, the board’s membership will be expanded to include other groups with a stake in specialized veterinary medicine. New positions will represent veterinarians in private practice, academic institutions, licensing boards, and the animal-owning public.

The AVMA is seeking nominations and applications from veterinarians interested in serving in these new volunteer positions:

  • One veterinarian representing small animal practice (one-year initial term)
  • One veterinarian representing large animal practice (two-year initial term)
  • One veterinarian representing non-clinical practice (three-year initial term)

Applicants for all positions must be AVMA members who are neither current nor past diplomates of an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization; nor actively pursuing board-certification; nor part of an organizing committee of an organization that is petitioning for AVMA-recognition as a veterinary specialty organization.

The new committee members will all begin serving their terms in February 2018.

Applications are due Oct. 10, 2017, for all three positions. Additional information and application forms can be found in the volunteering section of the AVMA website.

Additional positions open

If the ABVS isn’t the right avenue for you to get involved in AVMA leadership, a wide range of other committees and councils also are seeking new volunteer members, including two additional committees for which applications also are due on Oct. 10, 2017:

Several other councils and committees have openings that are available to be filled immediately, including:

Applications also are being accepted from members interested in serving on a wide range of additional committees and councils, and we strongly encourage all members to consider joining with your colleagues to assist in the important work of the AVMA. Your membership in the AVMA connects you to a broad network of concerned and committed colleagues who are passionate about both our jobs and the future of veterinary medicine. By joining an AVMA committee or council, you can focus your passion to improve the lives of both animals and your veterinary colleagues, while building new relationships that last a lifetime.

Current and former committee and council volunteers tell stories that demonstrate how meaningful and rewarding their experience has been. One is Dr. Robin Hansen, for whom community service has been a mission since childhood. As a veterinarian, she has found that volunteering with the AVMA allows her to support fellow veterinarians, influence important projects, and connect in new ways with colleagues from different walks of life. Hear directly from her in the short video below, and consider getting involved as a volunteer with one of these AVMA committees and councils currently seeking new members.

Volunteering with AVMA: Serving Veterinarians, Making Connections, Having Impact from AVMAvets on Vimeo.


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