The association is the authoritative voice for the veterinary profession in presenting its views to government, academia, agriculture, pet owners, the media, and other audiences. The views expressed result from the collaboration of volunteer members who work through AVMA councils, committees, advisory boards, commissions, task forces, and two insurance trusts to recommend AVMA policies that are then considered for approval by the Executive Board and the House of Delegates.
Volunteers are engaged in a wide variety of activities on behalf of the association, from legislation to education to medical ethics. The State Advocacy Committee utilizes volunteers to make presentations that help educate the legal community on animal law issues. Volunteer committee members help plan the annual AVMA Convention and Veterinary Leadership Conference. Members of the Council on Education and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities conduct site visits to evaluate veterinary colleges and veterinary technician programs for accreditation. These are just a few examples. Almost every aspect of the AVMA's work is advanced by volunteers in some way.
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