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AVMA names 2017-2018 congressional fellows

Date: 5/22/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce the three veterinarians who will serve in the 2017-2018 AVMA Fellowship Program, providing Congress with scientific counsel on policies related to animal health, animal welfare and public health. Beginning in August, the...

7 ways to love your pet this National Pet Week®

Date: 5/4/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) invites pet owners across the country to join in a week-long celebration of their furry, scaly, and feathery friends.  The AVMA’s 36th annual National Pet Week® takes place May 7-13 and highlights the special bond shared between people and their...

Angela Roberts joins the AVMA as chief marketing and communications officer

Date: 5/2/2017
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce that Angela Roberts has been named its chief marketing and communications officer. Roberts, a seasoned professional with many years of marketing and communications experience, will be responsible for...

AVMA fly-in brings nearly 100 veterinary advocates to Capitol Hill

Date: 5/2/2017
(Washington, D.C.​​)–The AVMA's 9th annual Legislative Fly-in, which took place from April 23 to April 25, brought 72 veterinary students and 20 veterinarians to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession. Over the course of this three-day event, attendees heard from...

AVMA leads veterinary fight against antimicrobial resistance during World Veterinary Day April 29, 2017

Date: 4/29/2017
Dr. Tom Meyer addresses Presidential Advisory Council   (SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) – In celebration of the World Veterinary Day 2017  theme “Antimicrobial Resistance – from Awareness to Action,” the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is highlighting the professional and public programs...

AVMA welcomes veterinary leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Date: 4/24/2017
​The AVMA is pleased that a veterinarian, Secretary Sonny Perdue, DVM, was confirmed to the position of United States Secretary of Agriculture. With the country facing challenges and opportunities on issues requiring veterinary expertise, such as animal health, animal welfare and public health,...

Two new members elected to the AVMA Board of Directors

Date: 4/11/2017
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) April 11, 2017—Two new members have been elected to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Dr. Michael Q. Bailey, a board–certified veterinary radiologist and project manager for IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., will serve as the District 2...

AVMA behavior expert demonstrates top ways to keep children and community members free from dog bites

Date: 4/6/2017
​Coalition kicks off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 9-15, 2017   (Los Angeles)–There are more than 77 million good dogs in the United States, but even the gentlest dog can bite. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a founding sponsor of the National Dog Bite Prevention...

Partners for Healthy Pets unveils new reminder program to veterinary practices that re-engages inactive clients and delivers the benefits of preventive healthcare

Date: 4/2/2017
​(NASHVILLE, Tennessee)—The results of Partners for Healthy Pets’ (PHP) new inactive client reminder program is music to the veterinary profession’s ears—it has convincingly demonstrated the program’s ability to re-engage inactive clients with their veterinary practices. Within six months of...

AVMA welcomes introduction of legislation to stop abuse of horses

Date: 3/31/2017
​​The AVMA applauds U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho’s (R-Fla.) introduction of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847). This bill aims to provide a much-needed crackdown on soring, which is the practice of deliberately causing pain to exaggerate the leg motion of a horse’s gait to gain an unfair...

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: National Dog Bite Prevention Week has moved to April 9-15

Date: 3/8/2017
​The National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition announced a permanent change of dates for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s long running National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Traditionally held during the third full week of May, the program will now be held during the second full week of...

AVMA applauds introduction of bill to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas

Date: 3/3/2017
The AVMA welcomes the introduction of S. 487, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA), by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). This bill will increase funding available for grants through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program...

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...