Veterinary education. Animal welfare. Food safety and public health. What role should the AVMA play in these areas on a global scale? Do we have an obligation and a responsibility to stay engaged in international issues related to animal and human health? What are the benefits of that engagement?
These questions – and many more – drove a recent study we conducted that summarizes the AVMA’s current role in global veterinary activities. The report explores the rationale behind our international involvement, and it quantifies the general costs of such engagement, including what is spent in terms of staff resources.
The report, titled “AVMA’s Current Role in Global Veterinary Activities,” concluded that the AVMA is considered by many national and international regulatory and standard-setting organizations, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Organization for Animal Health, as both a valued partner and a leader in the global veterinary profession, with particular expertise in the areas of veterinary education, animal health, animal welfare, food safety, public health, aquatic veterinary medicine, emergency preparedness and response, and association building. Efforts to ensure that the U.S. veterinary profession’s voice is heard in the international arena are intimately connected to AVMA’s national efforts to advance its strategic plan. Further, because current AVMA international activities are minimal in terms of overall resources, there is no evidence that the association’s international activities result in any measurable loss of national opportunities.
The report is the result of a resolution passed by the AVMA House of Delegates in July 2011 that resulted in the Executive Board directing the Office of the Executive Vice President to prepare a comprehensive report summarizing our role in global veterinary activities. With the report complete, we invite you to give it a read and let us know what you think. You can share your thoughts by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” button above.