MVMA COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS
Finance Committee – The Finance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the investments of the corporation, all financing the corporation shall require and all capital campaigns/expenditures.
Committee Chair – Cindy Fuhs
Communicable Diseases & Public Health Committee – The Communicable Diseases & Public Health Committee shall be responsible for collecting and distributing information concerning these areas to the membership.
Committee Chair – Fredric Cantor
Conference and Programming Committee – The Conference and Programming Committee shall be responsible for assessing the needs and desires of the veterinarians and their assistants in the area of continuing education. The committee will arrange scientific programs for the members of the association.
Committee Chair – Adam Arzt
Continuing Education Accreditation Committee – The Continuing Education Accreditation Committee is chosen by the Executive Board to fulfill the agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Veterinary Medicine. The Continuing Education Accreditation Committee shall be responsible for evaluating potential continuing education programs being offered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and for determining whether credit should be granted.
Committee Chair – Alison Gaynor
Large Animal Committee – The Large Animal Committee shall be responsible for collecting and distributing information concerning this area to the membership. The Committee will work with the Conference and Programming Committee to plan continuing education programs on large animal topics.
Committee Chair – Al Andersen
Legislative Committee – It shall be the duty of the Legislative Committee to examine each bill filed in the Massachusetts House and Senate having to do with animals or veterinary medicine. The Committee shall report its recommendations to the Executive Board for its consideration of either favoring or opposing a particular bill.
Committee Chair – Laurie Klein
Animal Welfare Committee – The Committee shall be responsible for liaison between the corporation and humane organizations. The Committee shall monitor issues and activities in this field and formulate positions on animal welfare subjects to better inform the public, humane groups and the Executive Board.
Committee Chair – Lauren Atkins
Membership Committee – It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee to actively recruit veterinarians who are eligible for membership in the Association. They shall also invite membership applications from all newly licensed veterinarians. They shall perform such other duties and functions as may be from time to time designated by the Executive Board, including maintenance of the membership directory. This committee will also seek and monitor membership benefits.
Committee Chair – Adam Arzt
MVMA Communications Committee – It shall be the duty of the Communications Committee to oversee the publication of the newsletter. It shall, together with the Advisory Committee, consider and approve the established policy of the newsletter.
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Veterinary Technician Committee – The Veterinary Technician Committee shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of liaison between the corporation and schools or groups of Veterinary Technicians. The Committee shall also plan continuing education programs for Veterinary Technicians in coordination with the Continuing Education and Program Committee.
Committee Chair – Tim Smith
Professional Regulatory Relations Committee – This committee shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a liaison with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine and other government agencies as needed. The committee shall inform the Advisory Committee on all issues and activities pertaining to the veterinary community.
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Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee – The Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee shall be responsible for assuring the corporation’s readiness to participate in emergency and disaster response in accordance with any agreements with governmental authorities; educating members about and providing assistance to members on emergency preparedness; educating members and the veterinary community about biosecurity and other threats; participating, under the direction of the State Veterinarian and emergency management officials when applicable, in response to disasters and emergencies; and other activities consistent with the intention of MVMA to be both proactive and reactive on emergency and disaster matters. The committee shall make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding disbursements from the MVMA Emergency Fund.
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Tufts Relations Committee – The Tufts Relations Committee shall be responsible for promoting the Association to students at the veterinary school at Tufts University, making opportunities to raise the Association’s visibility among students and the school and establishing programs that benefit students, the school and the Association. The Committee shall report to the Executive Board about activities of the students and the school that may affect the Association and its members.
Committee Chair – Cheryl Blaze
Resolution and Bylaws Committee – The Resolution and Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the bylaws are kept updated and relevant. They shall propose amendments to the bylaws as defined in Article XII of the MVMA Bylaws. They shall act as a conduit between the membership and the Executive Board regarding any proposed resolutions.
Committee Chair – Gerry Pietsch
Nominating Committee – The Nominating Committee is responsible for presenting a slate of officers and directors as needed.