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AVMA praises introduction of Farm Bill that considers veterinary priorities

Date: 4/12/2018
​AVMA President Dr. Michael Topper released the following statement on today's introduction of the Farm Bill by the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture: The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is encouraged by the committee taking this first step in the farm bill legislative process,...

Prevent dog bites—your veterinarian can help

Date: 4/9/2018
​Veterinarians have seen it all. They know that there are more than 77 million good dogs in the United States, but they know that even the gentlest dog can bite under certain circumstances. As part of a news conference last week in San Diego's Civita Park, the American Veterinary Medical...

John Eckroth joins AVMA as communications director

Date: 4/4/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has hired John Eckroth to lead the association's Communications Division. In this position, Eckroth will be responsible for setting and guiding the strategy for all external and internal AVMA communications, including public relations outreach...

AVMA, AAVMC form Veterinary Futures Commission

Date: 4/3/2018
A Veterinary Futures Commission has been established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Comprised of thought-leaders from academia, industry, professional practice and other officials, the group will evaluate...

AVMA welcomes good news in spending bill

Date: 3/23/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased that today's omnibus spending bill will maintain and increase funding for key veterinary programs in fiscal year 2018. We worked closely with Congress on funding levels for these priorities, and we're grateful that lawmakers recognized...

Veterinarians head to Capitol Hill to discuss Farm Bill, student debt

Date: 3/22/2018
Nearly 100 veterinarians and veterinary students are heading to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 27 as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) annual legislative fly-in. These individuals, who hail from 37 states and every veterinary school in the country, will meet with their...

AVMA president testifies at congressional hearing on animal drug user fees

Date: 3/14/2018
​American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. Michael Topper testified today in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in favor of proposed reauthorization of the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments....

The Value of Diversity and Inclusion in the Veterinary Community

Date: 3/13/2018
A Joint Statement from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association, the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America ​The...

Dr. Matthew J. Salois joins AVMA as chief economist

Date: 3/7/2018
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has hired Dr. Matthew J. Salois to lead the association's Veterinary Economics Division. He will replace the division’s current—and first—director, Dr. Michael R. Dicks, who announced his retirement after serving five years as AVMA's chief...

Webinar explores the safety and impact of spaying/neutering cats by five months old

Date: 2/27/2018
​On February 28 at 3 p.m. (Eastern), Dr. Philip Bushby and Marcia Lane, endowed chair of humane ethics and animal welfare at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will host a Feline Fix by Five webinar for veterinarians in private practice, animal shelters or spay/neuter...

AVMA members among women participating in Antarctic expedition

Date: 2/16/2018
​Two AVMA members are among the 78 women taking part in an expedition to Antarctica that serves as the culmination of a year-long program to develop the leadership and strategic skills of women in science. Drs. Elisa Harvey and Jill Lynn are among only four veterinarians worldwide that were...

AVMA urges congressional action on veterinary shortages

Date: 1/31/2018
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced that 187 regions in the United States currently suffer from shortages of livestock and public health veterinarians. These shortages threaten animal health, public health and the livelihoods of...

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of life-threatening disease

Date: 1/31/2018
Pet owners urged to schedule a dental checkup in February during National Pet Dental Health Month ​Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath could be more than an odor problem; it might signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only the animal’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as...

AVMA wants your feedback on revised Model Veterinary Practice Act; comments due March 25

Date: 1/19/2018
​Veterinarians and others with an interest in veterinary medicine are urged to review and provide comment to the proposed revisions to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) prior to the March 25, 2018, deadline. A highlighted copy, including...

Trio of animal welfare, human-animal bond awards to be presented together at 2018 AVMA Convention

Date: 1/12/2018
Three of the most prestigious awards in veterinary medicine, animal welfare and human-animal interaction will be presented together this year at the annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). All three awards are made possible through the generous support of Merck...