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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...

Antimicrobial resistance: AVMA takes steps to address a critical health issue

Date: 1/9/2018
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has taken significant steps to help the veterinary profession prevent antimicrobial resistance in both animals and people. The AVMA House of Delegates approved the profession's first-ever Definition of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Core...

AVMA provides association management to VMAE

Date: 1/5/2018
​The American Veterinary Medical Association began providing association management services to the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) on Jan. 1, 2018. AVMA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Janet Donlin officially welcomed the VMAE under the new arrangement...

AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT unify efforts under umbrella trust

Date: 1/5/2018
​Two cornerstones of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) family, AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT, announced they are unifying efforts under an umbrella trust. The statement came during the opening Plenary Session at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference on Friday, Jan. 5. "This is...

Making resolutions for 2018? Don't forget to include your pets!

Date: 12/28/2017
Making resolutions for a healthier year in 2018? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is recommending that you include your pets in your New Year's resolutions as well. To help lead a healthier and happier year together in 2018, Dr. Mike Topper, president of the AVMA, recommends pet...

Santa’s veterinarian visits North Pole for annual reindeer exam

Date: 12/4/2017
In addition to his naughty-and-nice list, Santa Claus has procured another important piece of paperwork for the holiday: A clean bill of health for his reindeer. Dr. Mike Topper, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and official veterinarian of the North Pole,...

Merck Animal Health announces increase in funding for Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

Date: 11/13/2017
​Merck Animal Health (MAH) has announced an increase of $115,000 in funding for its Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. The program will provide $300,000 in scholarships to outstanding second- and third-year veterinary students in the 2017-18 academic year. This increased funding will support...

Michael Wilson joins the AVMA to lead convention and meeting planning

Date: 10/24/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce that Michael Wilson has been named director of AVMA's Convention and Meeting Planning Division. In this position, Wilson will be responsible for directing the overall strategy, planning and execution of AVMA meetings,...

Scott MacKenzie joins AVMA to lead membership and field services

Date: 10/24/2017
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce that Scott MacKenzie has been named director of its Membership and Field Services (M&FS) Division. In this position, MacKenzie will be responsible for leading the overall planning, coordination and supervision of the...

AVMA hires Mia Cary, DVM, as chief of professional development and strategic alliances

Date: 10/24/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced that Dr. Mia Cary has joined their executive leadership team in a newly created position: chief of professional development and strategic alliances. Dr. Cary’s new role encompasses continuing education and professional leadership...

AVMA, AAVMC and AAVSB agree on Telehealth statement

Date: 10/20/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) agree on a statement issued by the AVMA/AAVMC Joint Committee regarding telehealth and veterinary medicine. “As the...