AVMA Seeking Public Opinions on Three Initiatives

Starting Jan. 7, veterinarians and the general public are invited to offer their input on three important initiatives that will help shape veterinary medicine and veterinary education.

Comments are being sought on the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Model Veterinary Practice Act, the AVMA's strategic plan goals for 2012-14, and the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC) veterinary medical education report.

The Model Veterinary Practice Act is used by states and licensing boards to help shape the rules that govern veterinary medicine. Last revised in 2003, the model practice act is currently under review by an AVMA task force that will consider the comments submitted and make recommendations for revisions to the AVMA Executive Board. The current act is available for public review on the AVMA website.

The AVMA asks that all comments be specific and include suggested language for the task force to consider. Public comments will be accepted from AVMA members starting Jan. 7, while the comment period for the general public begins Jan. 15. The comment period will close on Feb. 14.

The AVMA Task Force on Strategic Planning is developing a plan to guide the association for the next two to four years. It includes six draft strategic goals based on input from AVMA leadership and members. The AVMA is seeking input from its members starting today, also on the AVMA website. The comment period ends Feb. 14. All input will be considered, and a draft strategic plan will be presented to the AVMA executive board at its meeting in June.

The draft NAVMEC report on veterinary education is already being used to shape programs at veterinary schools across the country. The NAVMEC report, as well as the NAVMEC Report Feedback Form, can be accessed at www.navmec.org. The current consultative period is open to input from the general public until Feb. 28. The revised report is expected to be approved by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges in March 2011.

For more information, please visit www.avma.org.

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