State & Local Issues - Euthanasia

AVMA position

Guidelines

  • Euthanasia, AVMA Guidelines on (PDF)
    Originally published in 1963 and updated at least once every ten years, the Guidelines are designed for use by veterinarians who carry out or oversee the euthanasia of animals. More than three years of deliberation by more than 60 individuals, including veterinarians, animal scientists, behaviorists, psychologists, and an animal ethicist, resulted in the commentary and recommendations in the 2013 edition of the Guidelines.

Authorization

State laws governing euthanasia