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May 01, 2021

AVMA celebrating what pets have meant to people during pandemic

Published on April 14, 2021

The AVMA will be celebrating National Pet Week 2021, held this year from May 2-8, with a special emphasis on the role of the human-animal bond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Association will have a video about what pets have meant to people during the pandemic and a webinar on AVMA Axon about the latest science on the human-animal bond, featuring Dr. Douglas Kratt, AVMA president, and members of the AVMA Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions.

At the beginning of National Pet Week, the Association plans a My Hero day of thanks to pet heroes, inviting pet owners to post salutes to their pets that have helped them throughout the pandemic. The AVMA will put together a collage of tributes toward the end of the week.

Illustration: Pet owner working from home with a cat nearby


Created in 1981, 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 annual event was created by the AVMA along with the Auxiliary to the AVMA, which is primarily made up of the spouses of AVMA members.

The AVMA has chosen a theme 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.

Day 6—Emergencies happen. Be prepared.

Day 7—Plan for their care. Give them a lifetime of love.

The AVMA plans to offer updated videos with tips on nutrition, socialization, and how to best give pets a lifetime of care for a lifetime of love.

Get more information about National Pet Week. Members of the AVMA can access the National Pet Week toolkit at the same site. The toolkit provides images and posts for social media, suggestions for how clinics can celebrate the event, ideas for promotional marketing, and resources for each daily theme.

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