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AVMA launches programs to boost veterinary wellness and well-being

Date: 2/8/2017
​In an effort to protect the health and welfare of its members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched two new mental wellness initiatives.  Joined by their insurance trusts, AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT, the AVMA initiated a pilot program to train individuals to identify and...

Dr. Jeanette O’Quin receives the 2016 AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Jeanette O’Quin recipient of its 2016 Animal Welfare Award. O’Quin, who received the award during the 2017 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, was recognized for her career achievements in advancing the welfare of...

Dr. Jody Sandler, founder of autism service dog program, receives AVMA Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Jody Sandler recipient of its 2016 AVMA Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. Sandler, who received the award during the 2017 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, was recognized for his outstanding...

Harold Dates receives the 2016 AVMA Humane Award

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Harold F. Dates recipient of its 2016 Humane Award. Dates is the president and chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Cincinnati, which serves as both an animal shelter and a humane...

Veterinary professionals recognized for their commitment to advancing animal welfare

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to conclude its 2016 Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards program by honoring the following individuals for their career achievements in advancing the welfare of animals through leadership, public service, education, research and...

​Santa’s reindeer cleared for flight after annual veterinary exam

Date: 12/13/2016
​Following a thorough veterinary exam at the North Pole, Rudolph and all of the other reindeer have been given the green light to guide Santa’s sleigh once again this year. Dr. Tom Meyer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and official veterinarian of the North...

New AVMA hotline, reputation management service help veterinarians fight back against cyberbullying

Date: 12/5/2016
​Two new tools, a cyberbullying hotline and a reputation management service, are now available through the AVMA’s online reputation management resources.  With 20 percent of AVMA members reporting they have experienced cyberbullying and false reviews, the House of Delegates (HOD) and Board of...

American Veterinary Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics issue joint statement on value of professional collaboration

Date: 11/3/2016
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced the adoption of a joint statement: The Value of Professional Collaboration in Protecting the Health of People and Animals. Issued in honor of the inaugural "One Health Day" on Thursday,...

Want to survive the zombie apocalypse? Tag along with a veterinarian.

Date: 10/25/2016
​With Halloween less than a week away and "The Walking Dead" back on the air for its seventh season, zombies are back on people’s (delicious) brains. Fans of AMC’s hit show may wonder how they would fare if they found themselves in their own real-life zombie apocalypse. For those...

5 ways to make Halloween safe for your pets

Date: 10/19/2016
​Lights and decorations. Costumes and masks. A constant parade of strangers at the door. Without question, Halloween can be a downright spooky experience for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers the following tips on what pet owners can do to make Halloween safer...

On World Rabies Day, AVMA provides tips to keep people, pets safe from deadly virus

Date: 9/27/2016
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of World Rabies Day on September 28 by urging the public to remain vigilant and follow six simple rabies prevention tips to protect people and pets. “Because only one to three rabies cases are reported...

With risk factors high, AVMA shares wellness resources for veterinarians during National Suicide Prevention Week

Date: 9/7/2016
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)​—Veterinarians face unique challenges in their jobs, and the rates of suicide and depression are unusually high in the veterinary profession. During National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 5-11), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding veterinarians...

Dr. Michael J. Topper named AVMA president-elect

Date: 8/29/2016
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)​—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates has elected Dr. Michael J. Topper of Harleysville, Penn., as the organization’s president-elect. Topper, the first board-certified veterinary pathologist to hold this office, will serve as a voting member...

Dr. Stacy L. Pritt named AVMA vice president

Date: 8/23/2016
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates has elected Dr. Stacy L. Pritt of Rowlett, Texas, as the organization’s vice president. Pritt, who will serve as a voting member of the AVMA Board of Directors, was elected to the post during the House of...

Dr. Mark P. Helfat named AVMA Board chair

Date: 8/23/2016
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)—Dr. Mark P. Helfat of Lumberton, N.J., has been elected chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Helfat, who succeeds Dr. John de Jong, was officially installed at the Board of Directors’ August meeting in San Antonio. As chair, Helfat...