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AVMA selects three veterinarians for 2015-2016 Fellowship Program

Date: 5/12/2015
​Dr. Cumberbatch Dr. Hansen​ ​Dr. Stump  Washington, D.C.—Three veterinarians will soon be providing scientific counsel to our nation’s elected officials as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) 2015-2016 Fellowship Program, the AVMA announced today. Drs. Rachel...

AVMA announces winners of Animal Law Writing Contest

Date: 5/8/2015
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced today the winners of the inaugural Animal Law Writing Contest, a program designed to encourage law students to discuss and debate legal issues related to animals and animal law. Out of several entries, first place was awarded to...

AVMA Judicial Council to review complaints against Texas veterinarian accused of killing cat with bow and arrow

Date: 4/20/2015
​On Friday, April 17, the image of a veterinarian posing with a cat she claimed to have shot with a bow and arrow quickly went viral and led to an outpouring of anger and disgust from around the world.   The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) was equally appalled and disturbed by...

Discovery Channel program highlights veterinarians’ efforts to improve feline health and welfare

Date: 4/8/2015
AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn included in upcoming episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. An upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel program Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. will explore feline behavior, the value of veterinary care and efforts made by veterinarians to improve the health and...

AVMA issues 2015 veterinary employment report

Date: 3/18/2015
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) March 18, 2015 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today released its 2015 AVMA Report on Veterinary Employment, which explores the rate of unemployment and underemployment in the veterinary profession, and the factors contributing to both. The second...

Veterinary students urge Congress to act on higher education issues, support veterinarians in rural areas

Date: 3/4/2015
Rep. Kurt Schrader with a group of veterinary students at the 2015 AVMA Legislative Fly-in. Photo credits: Scott Nolen/AVMA Washington, D.C.—From the ever-increasing weight of student loans on the backs of young professionals to the lack of veterinary services across America’s rural communities,...

AVMA: Anti-vaccination movement a risk to pet health

Date: 2/17/2015
​The anti-vaccination movement not only threatens human health—as shown in the recent U.S. measles outbreak—but, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it could also have devastating effects for our pets if that ideology gains a foothold in veterinary...

AVMA thanks senators for introducing bill to put more veterinarians in shortage areas

Date: 2/11/2015
Washington, D.C.—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauded two U.S. senators for sponsoring important legislation that will help ensure all of America’s rural communities get access to the veterinary care they desperately need.  Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow...

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of serious disease

Date: 2/4/2015
​Does your sweet pet have sour breath? That odor coming from your pet’s mouth could be more than a nuisance; it could signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. To address the importance of oral health care for...

AVMA launches 2015 Economic Report series

Date: 1/20/2015
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Jan. 20, 2015 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today launched its 2015 Economic Report subscription series, bringing some of the most current and vitally important veterinary economics information to its members and the general public. The first...

AVMA Board actions help set the stage for creating a ‘new’ association

Date: 1/14/2015
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 14, 2015 – The American Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors voted Friday to approve the association’s strategy management plan, helping usher in an extensive re-shaping of the association so that it can better meet its members’ needs, now and into the...

Virginia veterinarian honored for enhancing human-animal bond

Date: 1/13/2015
​Dr. Bess Pierce has devoted her career as a veterinarian to enhancing the role of the human-animal bond, particularly involving working animals such as military dogs, police dogs, and service animals. In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Pierce received the 2015 Bustad Companion Animal...

Study may give hope to pets with out-of-date rabies vaccine that are exposed to virus

Date: 1/6/2015
​SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (Jan. 6, 2015) – A tragic decision was forced on a loving dog owner when her pet was bitten by a rabid skunk. Because the dog was only days overdue for its rabies booster vaccine, the owner, according to published news stories, was forced to choose between a lengthy period of...

Santa’s veterinarian gives reindeer green light for Christmas flight

Date: 12/12/2014
​Santa’s veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve. Dr. René Carlson, president of the World Veterinary Association and former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the...

Want to reduce dog bites? Don’t focus on the breed

Date: 12/8/2014
​Across the country, some communities have attempted to reduce the incidence of dog bites by enacting breed-specific legislation that bans the ownership of certain types of dogs. Most recently, residents of Aurora, Colo., voted in November to uphold their nine-year ban on pit bull type dogs in the...