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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...

AVMA backs USDA efforts to end soring of horses

Date: 8/18/2016
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to see that the USDA has proposed changes to strengthen enforcement of the Horse Protection Act in an effort to put an end to the inhumane practice of soring. Soring involves deliberately causing pain to...

Are your cat’s stats up to date? Is your Chocolate Lab chipped? August 15 is National Check the Chip Day

Date: 8/15/2016
​SCHAUMBURG, IL August 15, 2016—Statistics show that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lives…but cats and dogs with registered microchips are much more likely to enjoy a happy ending with their loving families. National Check the Chip Day, observed annually on August...

Janet Donlin named executive vice president/chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Date: 8/11/2016
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Aug. 11, 2016 – Dr. Janet Donlin has been named executive vice president/chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Donlin will succeed Dr. Ron DeHaven, who is retiring after nine years of service to the AVMA. Donlin has served as chief...

Renowned veterinary professionals recognized with 2016 AVMA and AVMF awards

Date: 8/9/2016
​(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) August 9, 2016—Awards honoring the veterinarians who have made significant contributions to the advancement of animal and public health are announced annually at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Annual Convention. The AVMA and the American Veterinary Medical...

Incoming AVMA president to focus on inclusion, building unity and advocating for a robust future for the veterinary profession

Date: 8/9/2016
​(SAN ANTONIO) August 9, 2016—Speaking before the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates, incoming AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer stressed the importance of a national association that enhances inclusion within its membership, builds unity within the veterinary profession...

Dr. Karen M. Bradley begins term on AVMA Board of Directors

Date: 8/9/2016
​(SAN ANTONIO) August 9, 2016—Dr. Karen M. Bradley has begun her six-year term as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Bradley, who was nominated by the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (Vermont VMA), was elected to the post last spring. She...