Press Room

AVMA welcomes veterinary leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Date: 4/24/2017
​The AVMA is pleased that a veterinarian, Secretary Sonny Perdue, DVM, was confirmed to the position of United States Secretary of Agriculture. With the country facing challenges and opportunities on issues requiring veterinary expertise, such as animal health, animal welfare and public health,...

Two new members elected to the AVMA Board of Directors

Date: 4/11/2017
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) April 11, 2017—Two new members have been elected to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Dr. Michael Q. Bailey, a board–certified veterinary radiologist and project manager for IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., will serve as the District 2...

AVMA behavior expert demonstrates top ways to keep children and community members free from dog bites

Date: 4/6/2017
​Coalition kicks off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 9-15, 2017   (Los Angeles)–There are more than 77 million good dogs in the United States, but even the gentlest dog can bite. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a founding sponsor of the National Dog Bite Prevention...

Partners for Healthy Pets unveils new reminder program to veterinary practices that re-engages inactive clients and delivers the benefits of preventive healthcare

Date: 4/2/2017
​(NASHVILLE, Tennessee)—The results of Partners for Healthy Pets’ (PHP) new inactive client reminder program is music to the veterinary profession’s ears—it has convincingly demonstrated the program’s ability to re-engage inactive clients with their veterinary practices. Within six months of...

AVMA welcomes introduction of legislation to stop abuse of horses

Date: 3/31/2017
​​The AVMA applauds U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho’s (R-Fla.) introduction of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847). This bill aims to provide a much-needed crackdown on soring, which is the practice of deliberately causing pain to exaggerate the leg motion of a horse’s gait to gain an unfair...

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: National Dog Bite Prevention Week has moved to April 9-15

Date: 3/8/2017
​The National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition announced a permanent change of dates for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s long running National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Traditionally held during the third full week of May, the program will now be held during the second full week of...

AVMA applauds introduction of bill to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas

Date: 3/3/2017
The AVMA welcomes the introduction of S. 487, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA), by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). This bill will increase funding available for grants through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program...

AVMA launches programs to boost veterinary wellness and well-being

Date: 2/8/2017
​In an effort to protect the health and welfare of its members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched two new mental wellness initiatives.  Joined by their insurance trusts, AVMA LIFE and AVMA PLIT, the AVMA initiated a pilot program to train individuals to identify and...

Dr. Jeanette O’Quin receives the 2016 AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Jeanette O’Quin recipient of its 2016 Animal Welfare Award. O’Quin, who received the award during the 2017 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, was recognized for her career achievements in advancing the welfare of...

Dr. Jody Sandler, founder of autism service dog program, receives AVMA Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Jody Sandler recipient of its 2016 AVMA Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. Sandler, who received the award during the 2017 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, was recognized for his outstanding...

Harold Dates receives the 2016 AVMA Humane Award

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Harold F. Dates recipient of its 2016 Humane Award. Dates is the president and chief executive officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Cincinnati, which serves as both an animal shelter and a humane...

Veterinary professionals recognized for their commitment to advancing animal welfare

Date: 1/17/2017
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to conclude its 2016 Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards program by honoring the following individuals for their career achievements in advancing the welfare of animals through leadership, public service, education, research and...

​Santa’s reindeer cleared for flight after annual veterinary exam

Date: 12/13/2016
​Following a thorough veterinary exam at the North Pole, Rudolph and all of the other reindeer have been given the green light to guide Santa’s sleigh once again this year. Dr. Tom Meyer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and official veterinarian of the North...

New AVMA hotline, reputation management service help veterinarians fight back against cyberbullying

Date: 12/5/2016
​Two new tools, a cyberbullying hotline and a reputation management service, are now available through the AVMA’s online reputation management resources.  With 20 percent of AVMA members reporting they have experienced cyberbullying and false reviews, the House of Delegates (HOD) and Board of...

American Veterinary Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics issue joint statement on value of professional collaboration

Date: 11/3/2016
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced the adoption of a joint statement: The Value of Professional Collaboration in Protecting the Health of People and Animals. Issued in honor of the inaugural "One Health Day" on Thursday,...