VMA Resource Center

AVMA Convention 2015: Business meeting agenda

(18 May 2015)
As state and allied VMA executives and officers make their plans to attend the AVMA annual convention and related meetings in Boston, please see the tentative schedule for business meetings such as HOD and various caucuses. [more]

Back at it again: Congress introduces sweeping prescription mandate for veterinarians?

(8 May 2015)

Here we go again—the so-called Fairness to Pet Owners Act (S. 1200) has once again been reintroduced. [more]

AVMA announces winners of animal law writing contest

(8 May 2015)

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Animal Law Writing Contest, a program designed to encourage law students to discuss and debate legal issues related to animals and animal law. [more]

April AVMA Board of Directors meeting wrap-up

(15 April 2015)

The AVMA Board of Directors held its spring meeting on April 9-11, 2015. In all, the board took several actions of potential interest to state and allied VMAs. [more]

Agreement in Idaho on non-profit, subsidized care

(6 April 2015)

The Idaho Veterinary Medical Association and Idaho Humane Society announced an agreement regarding the latter’s ongoing role in providing veterinary care as a charitable organization in the community. [more]

Ensuring all attendees are welcome at the 2017 AVMA Convention in Indianapolis?

(3 April 2015)

The recent law passed in the state of Indiana regarding religious freedom has sparked an outcry and has raised concerns for us regarding teh AVMA 2017 annual convention, scheduled July 21-25, 2017, in Indianapolis. [more]

Federal court upholds physical exam requirement?

(3 April 2015)

A federal court found that Texas’ requirement that veterinarians must conduct a physical examination of an animal or its premises before they can practice veterinary medicine with respect to that animal does not violate the Constitution. [more]

AVMA expands student support

(18 March 2015)

The AVMA is excited to announce the expansion of its student initiatives. In order to enhance support of veterinary students and SAVMA, as well as interns, residents and pre-veterinary students, the AVMA added two veterinarians to its staff. [more]

State licensing boards subject to FTC antitrust jurisdiction?

(1 March 2015)

In a case that will impact state veterinary licensing boards, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the FTC has jurisdiction over a state dental board's action to exclude non-dentists from the market for teeth whitening services. [more]

Speak with your clients…about declawing?

(1 March 2015)

Your state or local government may be considering measures to restrict declawing of domestic cats, which is a controversial topic in companion animal medicine. The AVMA recently created a convenient handout for cat owners who are considering having their cats declawed. [more]

Summary: Council on Education listening session at WVC

(16 February 2015)

The Council on Education (COE) held a second listening session at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 15, 2015. [more]

Anti-vaccination movement and pet health

(6 February 2015)

There’s been a lot of media attention to the anti-vaccination movement, particularly its role in the ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. [more]

Cooperative effort between AVMA Economics and VMAs

(5 February 2015)

AVMA's Economics Division (AVMA ECON) has begun to work with specific VMAs to assist in the development of data collection and analysis of the information required to develop specific workforce models for states and specific markets for veterinarians. [more]

COE accreditation renewal hearing

(12 December 2014)

The AVMA Council on Education (COE) recently participated in an accreditation renewal hearing with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). This hearing was part of a routine assessment process conducted by the USDE with all of its accrediting bodies. [more]

Changing the rules for pharmacy

(15 October 2014)

Did you miss the recent AVMA Public Policy Symposium? If so, read a summary of the two sessions on various pharmacy issues. [more]

Finding a way forward with nonprofit service providers

(15 October 2014)

Did you miss the recent AVMA Public Policy Symposium? If so, read a summary of the session on nonprofit providers delivering veterinary services. [more]

What does the DEA’s final disposal rule mean for veterinary practices?

(1 October 2014)

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) final rule, published 9/9/2014 and effective 10/9/2014, will establish more options for the secure disposal of controlled substances by practitioners and their clients. [more]