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AVMA partners with HABRI on Human-Animal Bond Certification Program

Date: 5/15/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has signed on as the founding educational partner for the Human-Animal Bond Certification Program offered through the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). This certification program...

Dr. Cynthia Otto awarded for her work with the human-animal bond

Date: 5/11/2018
Dr. Cynthia Otto, founder and executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the winner of the 2018 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. Named in honor of the late Leo K. Bustad, an internationally recognized pioneer in...

Dr. T. Robert Bashara wins 2018 AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Date: 5/11/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. T. Robert Bashara, founder of Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals in Nebraska and chief financial officer of the Doris Day Animal Foundation, as the winner of the 2018 AVMA Animal Welfare Award. The AVMA Animal Welfare Award is one of...

Amanda Arrington, founder of Pets for Life, named winner of 2018 AVMA Humane Award

Date: 5/11/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Amanda Arrington, founder and director of the Pets for Life program of the Humane Society of the United States, as the winner of the 2018 AVMA Humane Award. The AVMA Humane Award is one of three AVMA Animal Welfare and Human Animal Bond...

AVMA and Merck Animal Health reveal recipients of 3 prestigious veterinary awards in celebration of National Pet Week, May 6-12

Date: 5/7/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Merck Animal Health announced the winners of three of the most prestigious awards in veterinary medicine, animal welfare and the human-animal bond. The awards—the AVMA Humane Award, the AVMA Animal Welfare Award and the Bustad Companion...

AVMA joins HABRI board of trustees

Date: 5/1/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has joined the board of trustees of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), a move that will help strengthen the relationship between the two organizations and help coordinate their efforts around the human-animal bond. The AVMA has...

AVMA announces new global food security policy in advance of World Veterinary Day

Date: 4/27/2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) board of directors approved the association's first global food security policy during their April meeting. The new policy complements the theme of this year's World Veterinary Day, observed April 28, promoting the role of the veterinary...

For Veterinary Futures Commission, the future is now

Date: 4/23/2018
​The Veterinary Futures Commission, a group recently developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), held its first meeting April 8-9 in conjunction with the Veterinary Innovation Summit at Texas A&M...

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....