AVMA sponsors organizations, political action

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I​n November, AVMA leaders voted to give the American Veterinary Medical Foundation up to $350,000 for operational expenses.

Most donations to the AVMF are given under the condition that they be used to address particular needs, whereas the AVMA contribution would be intended to cover expenses of operating the charity in 2018, according to documents given to Board members and deliberations during their meeting.

The AVMA also would spend $60,000 to market the AVMA Political Action Committee and $40,000 to expand the influence of the AVMA Congressional Action Network, through which AVMA members establish relationships with politicians and host fundraising events for the AVMA PAC.

By contributing $75,000 to the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, the AVMA also will participate in the organization as a decision-making trustee. The nonprofit institute supports research and education related to human-animal interactions, the benefits of pets to human health, and public policy that encourages relationships with pets.