What is a vector? A vector is an organism that transmits a disease-causing pathogen to another organism, either mechanically, or through biting, feeding, or excreting behaviors.

Who are we?  We are the Alabama Vector Management Society (AVMS).  Incorporated in 1990,  we are a state-wide group of vector management and public health professionals striving to better our profession and promote scientific knowledge about public health vectors, public health pests, and nuisance wildlife vectors and their management.   Please note, the AVMS does not keep a directory of mosquito control programs within the state of Alabama.  If you would like to distribute mosquito control products, or even send samples, please make arrangements to attend our Annual Meeting as a vendor.  We also cannot provide our membership list to anyone marketing new products.

Where are we?  Our snail mail address is P.O.Box 3093, Montgomery, AL 36109

The Purpose of AVMS
  • Promote the management of public health pests and arthropod of disease agents.
  • Provide for the educational and scientific advancement of members.
  • Encourage scientific research in vector management and public health pests.
  • Promote an exchange of information among members.
  • Extend and develop public awareness and interest in the discipline.
The History of AVMS

After months of planning, the Alabama Vector Management Society became a reality in 1990. Beginning with the  election of a Board of Directors, and culminating in the First Annual Meeting, the Society has continually grown since that inaugural year to become an organization actively involved in vector and public health pest education. The Society’s membership consists of representatives from various municipal, state, federal and private agencies and industry who have an interest in public health pests and arthropod-borne diseases. Today, the Society has grown to over 100 members state wide.

The Society was  incorporated as a non-profit educational and scientific organization and is listed as a  501 (c)(3) organization.  Contributions to the AVMS are tax-deductible under Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code.

2016-2017 AVMS Board of Directors

President – Wes Anderson
President Elect – Kelly Stevens
Secretary – Leigh Willis
Treasurer – Steven McDaniel
Editor—Sonja Thomas
Director – Fudd Graham
Director- Barry Ambrose
Director- Jason Franklin
Director- Ty Jackson
Vendor Liaison- Drew Lockhart
Past President – Stephen Gates

AVMS Code of Ethics

Preamble

The purpose of the Alabama Vector Management Society is to promote the management of public health pests and arthropod vectors of disease, provide for the educational and scientific advancement of members, encourage scientific research in vector management and public health pests, promote an exchange of information among members, and to extend and develop public awareness and interest in the discipline.

Public health pest and vector management provides services that are extremely important to the health, welfare, and progress of society.  Those employed in the public health pest and vector management profession have the responsibility to render effective and professional service to humanity, in keeping with high standards of ethical conduct.  Therefore, in striving to advance and maintain the honor and dignity of the profession, the Alabama Vector Management Society (AVMS) has established the following code to define the conduct and ethics due the profession. This code is binding on the membership of the AVMS.

Code of Ethics

  • AVMS members will use their knowledge and skill for the betterment of human welfare.
  • Members will, at all times, strive to maintain the public trust, and advance the standards and principles established by the AVMS.
  • Members will cooperate in the exchange of information and technology for the growth and progress of the public health and vector management profession and the AVMS.
  • Members will not cause dishonor to the Society through their actions while representing the AVMS.
  • Members will comply with all laws and regulations that apply to our science and profession.
  • Members will promote solidarity, harmony and support among members and fellow workers.  They will not undermine, vilify, berate or otherwise intentionally injure the work, accomplishments, efforts or professional reputation of another.
  • Members will not conduct or in any way participate in a fallacious review of the work of a fellow worker or other member.