AVMA plans leadership events, considers international ones

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The AVMA will co-host networking events with a women's leadership organization and may host two international meetings.

Through votes in November, the AVMA Board of Directors committed to continue collaborating with the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative on networking events at meetings of veterinarians. The organizations are planning gatherings this year at AVMA Convention 2018, the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, Veterinary Meeting & Expo (formerly the North American Veterinary Community Conference), the Western Veterinary Conference, and dvm360's Fetch conference.

The AVMA Board also approved studying whether to submit a bid to host a World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in 2022. That meeting would be held in conjunction with AVMA Convention 2022 in Philadelphia.

The Board also decided the AVMA should develop a business plan for hosting a possible global food security summit in 2019. The Association hosted a global food security summit in February 2017 in Washington, D.C., that was attended by representatives from humanitarian and intergovernmental organizations.