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March 01, 2020

Auxiliary celebrates National Pet Week 2020

Published on February 12, 2020

The Auxiliary to the AVMA will be celebrating National Pet Week 2020, May 3-9, with the theme “Pets & Vets the Perfect Duet.”

The AVMA and the AVMA Auxiliary, a century-old association primarily made up of the spouses of AVMA members, created National Pet Week in 1981 to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.

National Pet Week 2020 poster "Pets & Vets the Perfect Duet"
Sophie Casey’s artwork won the AVMA Auxiliary’s poster contest for National Pet Week 2020.

Last year, the Auxiliary held its annual poster and writing contests to generate promotional materials for National Pet Week 2020. Sophie Casey of Westport, Connecticut, was in 11th grade when she submitted the accompanying artwork that won the poster contest. Madeleine McConnell of Venice, Florida, was in sixth grade when she submitted the following poem that won the writing contest.

Pets and Vets the Perfect Duet

There are so many places to go—
And sometimes there isn’t much time
Your pet is starting to show
A sickness or an illness kind-of sign.

It is important for pets and vets
To have the best relationship needed.
In order to give a medicine or shot,
There has to be a friendship that is undefeated.

The duet is filling the air with joy.
As a veterinarian watches the dog wiggle.
He or she gives the pet a toy,
And everyone in the room giggles.

Everyday a new vet is blessed
With a pet that was the very best
They have to come home with the joy all confessed;
And that’s why pets and vets make the perfect duet.

The Auxiliary is selling the winning poster for National Pet Week as well as pencils, bookmarks, balloons, and a children’s book. The order form is at the Auxiliary to the AVMA website .

Details about the poster and writing contests for National Pet Week 2021 are available. The theme will be “Love is a 4-Legged Word.” June 14 is the postmark deadline. The contests are open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.