Policies are the guiding principles of the Association. AVMA has three categories of policy. AVMA professional policies provide guidance on the practice of veterinary medicine. Endorsed policies are policies adopted by other groups and supported by the AVMA. Administrative policies are primarily internal and direct the operation of the Association.
The AVMA encourages its members to voluntarily adhere to policies impacting the practice of veterinary medicine, as these policies are developed by peers on behalf of the profession. AVMA policies are not, and do not supersede, law or regulation. The AVMA Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics
are unique in that violation of these may result in disciplinary action by the AVMA.