Young leaders sought for international committee

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​The AVMA Committee on International Veterinary Affairs has added two new positions: one representing recent graduates or emerging leaders, another representing the Student AVMA.

The AVMA Executive Board approved the two new seats during its April meeting; the terms will begin with the 2014-2015 Association year in July.

The committee currently comprises the following eight members: the AVMA director of international affairs, North American councilor to the World Veterinary Association, AVMA representatives to the Pan-American Association of Veterinary Sciences and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, a member representing the AVMA Executive Board, two members representing the AVMA Council on Education, and a member representing the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. 

“Committee members who interact with young veterinarians on a regular basis through continuing education courses, meetings, or other organizations noted that global animal health and one-health issues and opportunities resonate strongly with (young veterinarians and students). Moreover, many bring a wealth of experience and expertise to these discussions surrounding the Association’s role in these issues and opportunities,” according to the background with the recommendation.

The AVMA board will appoint the recent graduate—defined by the AVMA as a veterinarian who graduated within the preceding five years—or emerging leader—defined as a veterinarian who graduated within the preceding five to 15 years—to a three-year term that can be renewed once. The veterinary student representative will be appointed by the SAVMA Executive Board.

The AVMA board also approved a new charge for the committee, which now states it “will evaluate trends and activities that enhance and sustain the AVMA’s role in global veterinary medicine, and propose programs, initiatives, and strategic partnerships to create and enhance global opportunities for AVMA and SAVMA members.”