Getting Involved

TVMA committees are organized into four councils. Most committees meet twice per year during the TVMA Annual Conference and Expo and in conjunction with Southwest Veterinary Symposium. More information about each committee can be found in the Bylaws and Policies.

For more information about how to get involved on a committee, contact Devorah at theTVMA office or email

Council on Association Affairs:

Association Affairs committees oversee TVMA activities intended to better serve TVMA members and guide the profession.

  • Business Alliance Committee:
    Develop, investigate and evaluate business opportunities for TVMA to provide discount programs to members and generate non-dues income.
  • Ethics and Grievance Committee:
    Review cases reported to it in writing concerning ethics or grievances and attempt to resolve misunderstandings that may have prompted the grievance.
  • Industry Advisory Committee:
    Establish and maintain lines of communication between TVMA and companies operating within the veterinary industry who wish to assist TVMA in achieving its stated purposes and mission within the State of Texas.
  • Membership Committee:
    Promote membership in TVMA by designing and implementing programs and activities to attract new members, retain current members and promote the active participation of all members.
  • Peer Assistance Committee:
    Oversee the TVMA Peer Assistance Program which is operated under contract to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Council of Veterinary Practice:

Veterinary Practice committees shall meet to provide a forum to receive input from TVMA members and discuss issues of interest or concern. Veterinary Practice committees include:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Bovine Practice
  • Cervid Species 
  • Companion Animal Practice
  • Equine Practice
  • General Practice
  • Integrative Therapies Practice
  • Shelter Medicine

Council of Professional Advancement:

Professional Advancement committees focus on the continuing professional growth and development of veterinarians, their staff and the profession as a whole.

  • Awards Committee:
    Establish and implement awards, and the selection criteria, to bring recognition to outstanding veterinarians and non-veterinarians who have contributed to the progress and achievements of the profession, and to the relationship of the profession to others in society.
  • Conference and Continuing Education Committee:
    Formulate the schedule, related activities and continuing education program for the TVMA annual meeting and all other TVMA conferences and seminars.
  • Historical Committee:
    Tell the story of veterinary medicine in Texas and the role of TVMA in serving the profession.
  • Practice Management Committee:
    Identify issues of concern to veterinary medicine as a business operation and maintain liaison with the Continuing Education Committee to ensure that high quality practice management programs are included in all TVMA continuing education offerings.
  • Research Committee:
    Support clinical research projects which have been sponsored by TVMA.
  • Veterinary Paraprofessional Committee:
    Recommend policies and rules to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity, skill and performance in the field of veterinary technology.

Council on External Affairs:

Council on External Affairs committees work on issues that impact the public and other organizations.

  • Disaster Preparedness Committee:
    Help Texas veterinarians understand, participate and contribute to an organized approach to providing assistance to veterinary practitioners who have sustained a disaster in their communities.
  • Public Health Committee:
    Educate members about public health, preventive medicine and regulatory issues which have potential impact on veterinarians.
  • Public Relations Committee:
    Identify issues of concern in the area of public relations and the public perception of veterinarians and veterinary medicine and provide leadership and assistance to TVMA staff in developing local and statewide programs to better inform and educate the public about veterinary medicine, animal well-being and the human-animal bond.
  • Recent Graduate/Student Liaison Committee:
    Seek methods to involve students at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in TVMA affairs and determine how TVMA might better meet the needs of recent graduates.
  • TVMA/CVM Liaison Committee:
    Represent the interests of TVMA to the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the benefit of the profession and continue to develop a liaison between TVMA and the College.
  • TVMA/AVMA Liaison Committee:
    Represent the interests of TVMA to the American Veterinary Medical Association and communicate to the appropriate representatives of TVMA and AVMA any issues or other information of mutual interest or benefit to the two organizations.

Government Relations (formerly Legislative) Committee:
(Reports directly to the Executive Committee): Discuss and make recommendations on proposed legislation in state and municipal legislative bodies that may impact the aims and goals of TVMA and the veterinary profession.

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