Volunteer entities see adjustments

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The AVMA Board of Directors approved all 11 recommendations from the Working Group on Volunteer Engagement at the Board's June meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois. Actions include the following:

  • Initiating a bylaws amendment to merge the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee into the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents.
  • Adding a veterinarian with expertise in pet food manufacturing to the membership of the Food Safety Advisory Committee.
  • Eliminating the state VMA seat and adding an at-large member with a background in policy or advocacy to the Animal Welfare Committee on the basis that the state VMA seat and Veterinary Medical Association Executives seat were duplicative.
  • Initiating a bylaws amendment to change the name of the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine to the Council on Public Health.
  • Sunsetting the AVMA-VMAE Joint Committee. The Board agreed that the addition of two more VMA executives to the composition of the State Advocacy Committee and greater collaboration between staff of the AVMA and VMAE has made the committee no longer necessary.
  • Adding small-business issues relating to veterinary medicine to the entity description of the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee.
  • Revising the entity description of the AVMA–National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Leadership Committee to include the Board liaison to the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.
  • Sunsetting the Governance Performance Review Committee.

According to the background to the last recommendation, "The working group wishes to recognize the considerable work that has gone into the GPRC entity evaluation process. However, we believe that the preferred way to evaluate AVMA entities is through periodic task forces that engage entity members and others as needed and perform a holistic review to compare entities across the AVMA, similar to the current process undertaken by the (Task Force on Volunteer Engagement) and this Working Group."