AVMA representative sought for one-health steering committee

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A vacancy has become available on the One Health Joint Steering Committee for the AVMA representative to this committee. The AVMA representative conveys Association policies, namely, the 12 recommendations of the former One Health Initiative Task Force (see avma.org/onehealth/recommendations.pdf). Members of the steering committee work collaboratively to promote the One Health Initiative.

The multiorganizational, multidisciplinary steering committee will transition the task force's work to an independent National One Health Commission. Steering committee representatives will hold their positions until the formation and chartering of the national commission, targeted to be complete by Dec. 1, 2009. The ultimate goal of the One Health Initiative is to develop a national one-health strategy, create national awareness of the one-health concept, illustrate the value of "one health" through demonstration projects, and extend "one health" internationally to achieve tangible benefits to global health.

Dr. Roger K. Mahr, the previous AVMA representative, has agreed to serve as the steering committee's project director, which is an administrative staff role.

The AVMA representative vacancy will be filled by the Executive Board at its April meeting. An application/nomination form is available on the AVMA Web site here. The form must be submitted to the AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President no later than March 2.

Visit the same site to nominate candidates or apply for other vacancies on AVMA entities.