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Request for Nominations to Serve on the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee

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Function of the Committee

The function of the VMAC is to advise the Commissioner of Food and Drugs in discharging their responsibilities as they relate to assuring safe and effective drugs, feeds and feed additives, and devices for animal use, and, as required, any other product for which FDA has regulatory responsibility. The committee reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational new animal drugs, feeds, and devices for use in the treatment and prevention of animal diseases and increased animal production, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Commissioner regarding scientific issues and regulatory policies.


Any interested person may submit letter(s) of nomination for one or more qualified persons. Self-nominations are also accepted. Include the name of the committee, the specialty area, a complete curriculum vitae and bibliography of each nominee, and the following statements:

  • The nominee is willing to serve
  • The nominee is qualified
  • The nominee appears to have no conflict of interest that would preclude membership

FDA will ask the potential candidates to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest.


Persons nominated for membership on the committee shall have adequately diversified experience in one of the following specialty areas:

Companion Animal
Food Animal
Avian Medicine
Animal Science
Public Health-Epidemiology
Minor Species-Minor Use Veterinary
Consumer Representative

The specialized training and experience necessary may include experience in medical practice, teaching, and/or research relevant to the field of activity of the committee.

Salary and Travel Expenses

Voting advisory committee members are appointed as Special Government Employees (SGEs) and receive a salary for each meeting day as well as travel and per diem costs.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q) How long is the term?
A) 1- 4 years

Q) Where are the meetings held?
A) Washington, D.C metropolitan area

Q) How often does the VMAC meet?
A) 1-2 meetings per year

Nominations Sought

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking nominations for voting members to serve on the Veterinary, Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC).

FDA has a special interest in ensuring that women, minority groups, and the physically challenged are adequately represented on advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of qualified candidates from these groups. Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis because vacancies occur on various dates throughout each year.

Where to Apply

You may submit your information by:


Food and Drug Administration
Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff
10903 New Hampshire Ave,
Bldg. 32, RM 5101
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Additional information about advisory committee membership can be found on the:

FDA advisory committee web-site:
http://www.fda.gov/ AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm

VMAC Advisory committee website:

Aleta Sindelar, DFO
7519 Standish Pl. Rockville MD 20855