Federal Regulations on Animal Health and Welfare Issues

The U.S. Congress creates laws and delegates authority for implementation of the laws to federal regulatory agencies. The agencies then draft regulations for implementing the laws, and this process involves a public comment period. On behalf of its members, the AVMA monitors, reviews, and responds to proposals made by federal regulatory agencies that impact the profession and the practice of veterinary medicine.

Below is a sample of regulatory issues the AVMA is currently working on in the areas of animal health, animal welfare and aquatic veterinary medicine:

Animal Health

Animal Welfare


Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Concluded Issues