Council on Research

  1. Composition. The Council on Research shall consist of ten voting members who are also voting members of the Association and one non-voting member representing veterinary students.
    1. The ten voting members of the Council on Research who are also voting members of the Associations shall represent the following areas of veterinary medical activity:
      1. Veterinary medical research (six individuals who are predominantly engaged in active research at the time of the election);
      2. Private clinical practice, not further specified (two individuals who are predominantly engaged in private clinical practice); and
      3. Academic veterinary medicine (two individuals who serve as dean or associate dean (or equivalent position) of research at an AVMA-accredited school or college of veterinary medicine, or directors of Divisions of Comparative Medicine or Departments of Veterinary Sciences.
    2. The non-voting member of the Council on Research representing veterinary students shall be an individual currently enrolled in an AVMA-accredited school or college of veterinary medicine and shall be appointed by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association on an annual basis.
  2. Responsibility. The Council on Research advises the AVMA Board of Directors on scientific research and discovery as a career path for the veterinarians and for its role in improving animal, human, and environmental health. In this role the Council shall:
    1. Promote the highest standards of basic, translational, and clinical research to improve animal and human health;
    2. Develop communication strategies that educate the AVMA membership and the public regarding the importance of animal, human, and environmental health research;
    3. Advocate for the importance of research training at all levels at veterinary teaching institutions and promote appropriate exposure to the conduct of research to all students in schools/colleges of veterinary medicine;
    4. Promote awareness of, and support for, initiatives that promote careers in veterinary research;
    5. Support evidence-based decision making to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine;
    6. Advance and strengthen the AVMA's professional authority and respect on matters impacting, or impacted by, science.

Why is research important to animal and human health? Learn more in our Reference Guide on Biomedical Research.