AAZV Production of Position Statements
Position statements, analyses of legislation, and other documents may be produced as a consequence of Executive Board or Executive Committee directives, or at the initiative of committee members. Position statements produced at the sub-committee level are reviewed by the committee chair and co-chair, and are forwarded to Executive committee and Executive Board members with an interest in reviewing the documents. Comments from these reviews are incorporated into a final document that is forwarded to the Executive Board or Executive Committee for consideration. Policy statements and reviews should take the following into consideration:
- a statement of the issue or concern
- the historical context of the issue or concern
- an assessment of the issues (including cited references, where relevant). It is important to present both sides of the issue.
- a review of current federal, state, and local regulations that are relevant.
- a summary of allied association’s positions.
- an analysis and synthesis of the above
- a conclusion that clearly states the position that logically arises from the analysis and synthesis.
- a list of references, when appropriate
- a list of subcommittee chairs and members
- a list of reviewers
A "bullet” format for ease of reading is recommended, where possible. Style and formats should follow Journal of Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine guidelines.