State Legislative Resources

State Legislative Resources

WELCOME to the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) State Legislative Resources area. AVMA is the internationally recognized source of science-based information and answers on topics related to animal health, animal welfare and public health. For over 150 years, legislators, the media and the public have turned to us when they needed answers to their questions or guidance on the scientific approach to complex issues. AVMA policy has provided knowledgeable guidance to those who seek answers – from state legislators to regulators, and remains the one source that the public can rely on for scientifically proven advice.

This area includes a number of resources including:

  • summaries of AVMA policies and background papers on selected legislative issues affecting veterinary medicine
  • contact information for state and allied veterinary medical associations
  • links to state veterinary practice acts and administrative regulations
  • advocacy tools for effective grassroots advocacy
  • AVMA federal and state government relations contacts

The links at the left side of this page explore many of these valuable resources.

Some materials included in this area have been prepared by organizations other than AVMA. Links to other Web sites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.

The AVMA is honored to work with you to achieve our shared goals of protecting and promoting the veterinary profession, public health and animal health and welfare.

What is the AVMA?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is the largest veterinary medical association in the world. As a not-for-profit association established to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, the AVMA is the recognized voice of the veterinary profession. The Association's more than ​91,000 members are involved in all areas of veterinary medical practice, including: private, corporate, academic, industrial, governmental, military, and public health practices.

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U.S. states, territories, and various species-related and specialty groups also have independent veterinary associations offering their unique perspectives. The AVMA works closely with each of these associations to effectively represent the entire profession. The AVMA is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois with its Government Relations Division in Washington, DC.

Veterinarians lend their expertise to a wide variety of departments within federal, state, and local governments. At the federal level, these include the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of the Interior, Veterans Administration, Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and the United States House of Representatives. Veterinarians in the Epidemiological Investigative Service of the CDC participate in human and animal disease outbreak investigations.

At the state and local levels, veterinarians are valued members of legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, public health services, diagnostic laboratories, animal control departments, and departments of agriculture.

The AVMA monitors legislative and regulatory activity on both the state and federal level, and, as appropriate, comments on a variety of issues impacting the profession, and animal and public health.. Recent examples of issues in which we are involved include: animal welfare, agricultural production, food safety and public health, pharmacy standards, environmental and waste management, wildlife and endangered species, small business concerns, research, biotechnology, and education.

How We Can Help You

If you've got questions...we've got answers. The AVMA can be an invaluable resource. Some of the areas in which we are involved and have information that may be helpful are:

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  • animal health
  • public health
  • animal welfare
  • biomedical research
  • food production
  • food safety
  • environmental concerns
  • agro-terrorism
  • bio-terrorism
  • homeland security

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1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 800-248-2862
Fax: 847-925-1329
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For State or Local Issues:

Contact information for state and allied veterinary medical associations is listed on the AVMA Website:

You may also contact the AVMA's Division of State Advocacy:
Phone: 800-321-1473 (D.C.) or 800-248-2862 (IL)

For Federal Issues:

Go to the National Advocacy section of the AVMA web site or contact the AVMA Government Relations Division:

1910 Sunderland Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1642
Phone: 800-321-1473
Fax: 202-842-4360