AVMA membership surpasses 100,000
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) September 20, 2022—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced today that it has surpassed 100,000 members, continuing its strong trend of growth and increasing its standing as the preeminent voice for veterinarians across the country.
AVMA membership constitutes nearly three quarters of all U.S. veterinarians, including members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 60 countries. The 100,000 figure marks a nearly 20% increase in membership over the past decade.
“Almost 160 years ago, about 40 veterinary surgeons from seven states gathered in New York to form what became the American Veterinary Medical Association,” said Dr. Janet Donlin, executive vice president and CEO of the AVMA. “We are so immensely grateful for the support and commitment of our members, and we are honored to serve them in all that we do, from policy, resources, tools and continuing education, to important advocacy work, insurance plans and so much more.
“When I reflect on the scientific advancements, education, training and expert care that have brought us to this day, and the dedication, compassion and service that our members deliver for our patients and clients on a daily basis, I see an innovative and ethically grounded profession with an amazing past and a very bright future. As always, we are stronger together,” Dr. Donlin added.
Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) make up the largest generation represented in the association’s membership at 37.2%, but AVMA members range from the Greatest Generation (born 1901-1927, at 0.3% of AVMA membership) to Generation Z (born 1997-2012, at 0.4%). Other generations represented include the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945, 6.2%), Baby Boomers (1946-1964, 25.8%) and Generation X (1965-1980, 30.1%). Those who identify as female comprise 61.5% of AVMA membership (up from roughly 50% in 2010), while those who identify as male represent 38.4% and those identifying as nonbinary comprise 0.1%.
According to AVMA President Dr. Lori Teller, reaching the 100,000-member milestone shows how successful the AVMA’s efforts have been in meeting the evolving needs of the profession and society.
“Most of our current members can’t remember when society transitioned from horse-and-buggy days to automobiles, and the profession transitioned as well,” she said. “The AVMA was there for its members then, and now, as we increasingly incorporate technology into our practices, the AVMA is here to help veterinarians utilize technology appropriately, not be replaced by it.
“The veterinary profession is vibrant because people can do a variety of things with a veterinary degree, and a diversity of opinions allows the AVMA to continue to be relevant,” Dr. Teller added. “The AVMA is known as the great convener because we are able to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to work together to find real solutions to problems that everyone can utilize.”
For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA media relations manager, at 847-732-6194 (cell/text) or msanfilippoavma [dot] org.
Serving more than 100,000 member veterinarians, the AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment. Founded in 1863 and with members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 60 countries, the AVMA is one of the largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Informed by our members' unique scientific training and clinical knowledge, the AVMA supports the crucial work of veterinarians and advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and improve animal and human health.