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.



2018-2019 Roster


Dr. Susan Tornquist, Chair
Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Oregon State University
Term expires 2021

Dr.  Julie Funk
Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools
Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Student Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University
Term expires 2021

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 <span calibri",sans-serif"="">
Term expires 2020

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

Dr.  Glen Hoffsis
Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools
Special Assistant to the President
College of Veterinary Medicine 
Lincoln Memorial University
Term expires 2020

Dr.  Greg Keefe
Representing Canadian Colleges
Dean, Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward Island
Term expires 2020

Dr. Sean Callanan
Representing International Colleges
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University
Term expires 2020

Representing U.S. Colleges/Schools

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.  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