Advocacy Committee

Advocacy Committee


The committee shall be comprised of twelve members: Five members representing U.S. colleges/schools of veterinary medicine, the Board of Directors at-large director representing departments of veterinary science, the Board of Directors at-large director representing departments of comparative medicine, one member representing either comparative medicine or veterinary science departments, one member representing Canadian colleges, and one member representing International colleges. The AAVMC liaison to the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee and the AAVMC liaison to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities also serve as members. Members shall serve for three-year terms and may be reappointed. The committee will recommend to the president of AAVMC a chair and chair-elect.


The purpose of the committee is to assist the AAVMC Board of Directors in formulating and implementing AAVMC legislative policy and AAVMC positions on federal regulatory proposals.


The charge of the committee is to:

  • Establish one voice for advocating for veterinary medical education on the national scene.
  • Ensure that the needs and concerns of AAVMC member institutions are incorporated into the AAVMC legislative and regulatory process in a systemic and inclusive process.
  • Formulate AAVMC policies on legislative and regulatory matters and transmit recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration.
  • Assist in the implementation of the Board of Directors-approved governmental affairs agenda by encouraging all AAVMC member institution representatives to contact federal officials and staff while in Washington, D.C., and/or the home district.
  • Submit an annual report of committee activities to the Board of Directors at the AAVMC Annual Meeting.



2017-2018 Roster



Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools

Term expires 2018

Dr.  Tiffany Whitcomb

At-Large Director Representing Depts. of Comparative Medicine

Associate Director, Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program, College of Medicine Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Hershey

Term expires 2020

Dr. Jane Hennings

At-Large Director Representing Depts. of Veterinary Science

Head, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department and Director, Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory

South Dakota State University

Term expires 2017


Dr.  David Lee-Parritz

Representing Depts. of Veterinary Sciences/Depts. of Comparative Medicine

Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine Service 

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Tufts University

Term expires 2020

Susan Tornquist

Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Oregon State University

Term expires 2018

Dr. Tammy Beckham

Representing U.S. Colleges

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Kansas State University

Term expires 2019


Dr.  John Baker

Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Michigan State University

Term expires 2019

Dr. Paige Carmichael

Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Georgia

Term expires 2019

Dr.  Greg Keefe

Representing Canadian Colleges

Dean, Atlantic Veterinary College

University of Prince Edward Island

Term expires 2018

Dr. Sean Callanan

Representing International Colleges

Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University

Term expires 2018

Dr.  Calvin Johnson , Ex Officio

Representing AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Auburn University


Dr. Bryan Slinker

Representing Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

 Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Washington State University 

Mr. Kevin Cain, Staff Liaison

Director of Governmental Affairs



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