Wanted: Leaders For Two New AVMA Boards

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) seeks volunteer leaders to fill roles on two new boards: the Task Force on AVMA Programs for Students and Recent Graduates and the AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission.

The creation of the new boards has been recently approved by AVMA’s executive board.

Dr. Larry R. Corry, AVMA president, said the goal is to draw talent from every sector of the profession, from different backgrounds. “That way, we can continue to ensure that our association makes decisions and creates services and programs that truly reflect the needs, desires and interests of our members,” Corry said.

The new task force has been created to aid the association in reviewing programs and developing a strategic plan for involvement with veterinary students and recent graduates. To keep meeting the needs of students and new graduates, the AVMA believes it is critical to review programs it currently supports, as well as identify new areas of opportunity and seek input from students, recent graduates, faculty and veterinarians, said Dr. Kevin Dajka, director of the AVMA Membership and Field Services Division.

“The AVMA has had a long tradition of supporting students, from student chapters and externships to scholarships,” Dr. Dajka said. “We look forward to receiving nominations from veterinarians who are interested in making an impact on the profession.”

Goals of the AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission include building a progressive vision for AVMA’s future. This commission’s task is to ensure that the association’s programs, strategies and communications continue to be relevant and responsive to members and the general public through the year 2020.

Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA chief executive officer, said the association must be ready for changes and advancements ahead. “The AVMA is an association that was established for the members and is run by the members. We’re looking for nominations of highly qualified veterinarians from across the profession and across the country to help us achieve our goals.”

Nominations must be submitted by March 15 and should include a one-to-two page resume. Click here for an application.


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