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April 15, 2020

AVMA celebrates National Pet Week 2020

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The AVMA is celebrating “A Lifetime of Love” again for National Pet Week 2020, held this year from May 3-9.

The Association plans to roll out a new series of videos around several National Pet Week themes, all designed to help highlight the importance of veterinary visits and the role veterinarians play in keeping pets happy and healthy throughout their lives. 

Created in 1981 by the AVMA and the Auxiliary to the AVMA, primarily made up of the spouses of AVMA members, National Pet Week aims to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of the value of veterinary medicine.

The Association has chosen a focus for each day of National Pet Week, starting with selecting the right pet for the family. The focus for each day is as follows:

  • Day 1—Choose well, commit for life.
  • Day 2—Socialize now. New doesn’t have to be scary.
  • Day 3—Nutrition and exercise matter.
  • Day 4—Love your pet? See your vet!
  • Day 5—Travel with care. Arrive safely.
  • Day 6—Emergencies happen. Be prepared.
  • Day 7—Plan for their care. Give them a lifetime of love.

More information about National Pet Week is available at avma.org/PetWeek. Members of the AVMA can access an updated National Pet Week toolkit at the same site. The toolkit features social media images and posts, ideas for how clinics can observe the week, and ideas for promotional marketing.

Also during National Pet Week, the AVMA plans to announce the winners of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award, AVMA Animal Welfare Award, and AVMA Humane Award. Merck Animal Health is sponsoring the awards, which will be presented at AVMA Convention 2020 this August in San Diego.

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