International Interests

During my speech at the International Military Veterinary Symposium, I’ll share how the AVMA is upping its efforts – and increasing its presence – in the realm of international veterinary medicine. We’re doing so because coordinated efforts and increased cooperation across borders and around the world are critical if we are to be successful in our fight to prevent or contain diseases and keep our nation’s food safe.

And we can always use your help.

In April, the AVMA Executive Board approved a recommendation from our Committee on International Veterinary Affairs to nominate an AVMA member for inclusion on the Pan-American Association of Veterinary Sciences (PANVET) Directive Council.

PANVET’s membership includes veterinary associations in North, Central and South America. The issues that impact veterinarians in each of these regions are more similar than different, regardless of the borders that lay between us. Working together with our closest neighbors will only enhance the profession here.

So the time is right to strengthen these relationships and get more involved through a leadership role in PANVET, an organization with a new vision and new energy that we want to help foster.

That’s where you come in. We’re looking for an AVMA member with an understanding of AVMA policy and procedure, an interest in international veterinary affairs and a willingness to travel to the PANVET meetings to nominate for potential election to the PANVET Directive Council. The council – and how it operates – is comparable to that of the AVMA Executive Board.

If you’re interested, here’s more about the position and the process. The deadline to submit your application is June 15. We hope you’ll consider throwing your hat into the ring.

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