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The best way to become actively involved in AAZV is by joining a committee. Review the information on each committee and decide which committee is right for you. You may contact the committee chair or Robert Hilsenroth, DVM, Executive Director for additional details to make sure it is a good fit for your interest and time constraints. We are eager for you to participate and invite you to visit the committee meetings held each year during the annual conference.
Join a Committee: On the main banner of the website, click on the "Members" tab, select "Find A Group". A new page opens with the committees listed, please select the committee of interest. The committee group page will appear, select the top icon "Join Group". Soon after that you will be contacted by the committee chair. Thanks for participating!
Oversees the association’s internal controls and risk-management procedures. The audit committee will meet with both management and the nonprofit's auditors to gain an understanding of the significant risks and exposures facing the association.
Coordinates, determines qualifications and selects recipients for the Dolensek and Ullrey award and the Munson Pathological Manuscript award. This committee structure includes the Nomination Committee which abides by the rules and procedures as outlined in the bylaws of AAZV.
Provide leadership and oversight of AAZV's annual fund-raising and long-term financial development programs to support the mission and vision of AAZV. This committee includes the Public Relations Committee which organizes and promotes the annual auction at annual conference for fundraising to support several AAZV programs.
Presides over of the publication, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Committee members perform the peer review process of submissions of original research findings, clinical observations and case reports in the field of veterinary medicine dealing with captive and free-ranging wild animals.
Provides pertinent and relevant information to the general membership through inclusion on AAZV’s website and at the Annual Conference. Organizes the student volunteers for the Annual Conference Wet-labs and Sessions. Oversees the student and post-graduate competitions at the Annual Conference.
Handles, investigates and resolves any written charges of ethics violations, any member or client grievance, or any ethics of grievance matter from any source in regard to AAZV’s Code of Ethics.
Spearhead the development of guidelines and strives to disseminate information timely on emerging and existing infectious disease, zoonoses, and other significant infestious agents that compromise the health of captive and free-ranging wildlife. This committee structure includes the previous Disaster Preparedness Committee which provides resources for disaster preparedness and response to members.
Represents the interest of our foreign membership and promotes information sharing between members through regular discourse and communications. Encourages participation of foreign members at the annual conference.
Focuses on a broad range of regulatory and animal welfare issues relevant to the AAZV. The objective of this committee is to monitor animal welfare and regulatory issues that are of concern to the AAZV, and provide analyses and position statements when appropriate.
Serves to integrate and retain members of AAZV through member outreach and collaboration during the year and at annual conference. This committee structure includes the previous Information Resources Committee which disseminates pertinent information to the general membership by forwarding information to AAZV’s webmaster. In addition, the Historian reports and information are now under this committee structure.
Reviews research grant applications and selects high quality proposals for AAZV funding, The Wild Animal Health Fund.
Oversees the development of the scientific program and workshop sessions at Annual Conference.
Enhances and promotes veterinary contributions to the health and welfare of free-ranging wildlife and the ecosystems on which they depend. This includes health issues on landscape approaches, on preventive medicine and on the activities and needs of AAZV members with responsibilities for free-ranging wildlife health.
Leigh Clayton, Director of Animal Health at the National Aquarium, speaks about being an aquarium veterinarian. Listen to the PODCAST.