Federal Regulatory Activities

The U.S. Congress creates laws and delegates authority for implementation of the laws to federal regulatory agencies. The agencies then draft regulations for implementing the laws, and this process involves a public comment period. On behalf of members, the AVMA monitors, reviews, and responds to proposals made by federal regulatory agencies that impact the profession and the practice of veterinary medicine.

Here is a sample of regulatory issues the AVMA is currently working on:

Animal Health


Animal Welfare


Aquatic Veterinary Medicine


Emergency Preparedness and Response


Environmental Issues


Food Safety and Public Health


Practice Issues




Transparency in Federal Agencies

Other Regulatory Areas in Which the AVMA is Involved:

Workplace Safety


Concluded Issues: