AVMA’s Current Role in Global Veterinary Activities

Executive Summary

Prepared by the AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President

Received as Information by the AVMA Executive Board: November 11, 2011


In July 2011, the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) approved Resolution 9-2011, which resulted in the Executive Board (EB) directing the Office of the Executive Vice President (OEVP) to prepare a comprehensive report summarizing AVMA’s current role in global veterinary activities, the rationale for such involvement, and an estimate of the general costs of such engagement in 2011, including staff resources. Resolution 9 also specified that the report was to also include changes anticipated in 2012 and be made available to the HOD and AVMA members by December 15, 2011.

The report was reviewed by the House Advisory Committee and received by the Executive Board at its November 2011 meeting.

Report Conclusions

The report concludes that international efforts of the AVMA both in terms of time (staff and volunteer) and money are a small part of the Association’s overall resources expended to advance its mission (“to improve animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession”) and strategic plan. From a purely economic point-of-view, these efforts represent less than 2.5% of the Association’s overall budget. At the same time, internationally focused activities contribute positively to AVMA’s budget; international income in 2011 and 2012 represents nearly 2.0% of annual income anticipated each year.

Annual Income and Expense Summaries for AVMA International Activities

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