The AVMA’s mission is to lead the veterinary profession by advocating for AVMA members, and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health. An important part of that mission is achieved through the AVMA’s advocacy work with the policymakers who make laws and regulations that affect our animal patients.
Veterinary knowledge is critical to ensure that the nation’s laws and regulations protect and support the health of animals. That’s why the AVMA is active in Washington whenever policy that would affect animal health is under consideration. This includes measures addressing these and other issues:
- Dangerous animal diseases
- Food additives and other substances that are toxic to pets
- Transportation and import of animals
- Inclusion of animals in disaster planning and preparedness