Discussion Groups for Veterinarians

AVMA’s member-only online discussion forum allows AVMA and SAVMA members to network and communicate with colleagues. Stumped by a case, or looking for some additional input? Ask your colleagues. Have expertise to share? Answer a colleague’s question. 

Swap stories, share experiences, and help each other with issues that impact your daily life. After all, we’re all in this together. The online discussion forum is also the best place to interact with your AVMA leaders on the issues that are important to you.

As you use this forum, please remember that you’re among colleagues, and treat others as you would hope to be treated. Personal attacks and other unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated. Consult our moderation policy for more guidelines on conduct while using these forums.

The following are brief descriptions of the discussion groups on this forum:

AVMA Central

The place to interact with AVMA leadership and staff on AVMA-specific issues.

Discussion about the AVMA’s annual convention.
Discussion about JAVMA News articles and manuscripts published in JAVMA or AJVR.

The Exam Room

Diagnostic and treatment modalities such as: holistic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, laser therapy, magnetic, aromatherapy, massage, and other physical therapy.

Medicine, surgery and husbandry of aquatic animal species.

Animal behavior issues including etiology, diagnosis, therapy, prevention and control.

Medicine, surgery and husbandry of dogs.

Diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the oral cavity including oral anatomy and disease; periodontics; orthodontics; endodontics; restoratives; dental imaging and maxillofacial surgery.

Pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases directly or indirectly affecting the skin of animals.

Medicine, surgery, and husbandry of performance and pleasure horses.

Medicine, surgery, and husbandry of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other non-traditional pets; non-poultry avian species; wildlife species; and zoo species.

Medicine, surgery, and husbandry of cats.

Medicine, surgery, and husbandry of beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, and other food animals. Also includes camelid species. Includes herd health and production medicine.

Veterinary discussions that don't fit into the specific categories.
  • Neurology/ Neurosurgery

  • Diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical disorders of the nervous system.
    Diagnosis and treatment of benign or malignant tumors and cancers. Includes medical, surgical, chemotherapeutic and thermal management.
    Medical and surgical management of the eye and the adnexa.
    Therapeutic drugs and biologicals, contraindications, dosage, administration, and storage; anesthetic induction, maintenance and recovery; diagnosis and treatment of poisonings and toxicities.
    Structural, physiological, medical and surgical needs of athletic animals and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness.

    Outside the Exam Room

    Animal welfare and human-animal bond topics.

    Career paths, job search and career transition. Support for this group will also be provided by the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM).

    General non-veterinary topics and discussions.
    An open forum for discussion about diversity issues and methods to improve inclusion and meet changing societal needs.
    Life issues that impact the professional lives of veterinarians. Topics include balancing work and family; coping with illness; etc.
    Management and economic issues including personnel management; facilities and equipment; professional development; sales and marketing; financial management, etc.
    Public health, One Health, global health topics and environmental issues.
    Discussion about ongoing or published research for the purpose of advancing veterinary knowledge.