Press Room

Veterinarians: Active supervision, understanding dog’s body language key to preventing bites

Date: 5/11/2016
​With 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually, a record number of attacks on letter carriers and soaring insurance claims, it is clear that dog bites cut deep.  Veterinarians realize that while even the gentlest dog can bite, most bites can be prevented. As a founding sponsor of National...

AVMA-commissioned poster celebrates A Lifetime of Love and marks 35th anniversary of National Pet Week®

Date: 4/29/2016
​From the moment you realize your pet is "the one" to the last tearful goodbye, your veterinarian helps you provide your pet with a lifetime of love. To celebrate this special bond between people and their pets and mark the 35th anniversary of National Pet Week® (NPW), the American...

Pet health, safety and consumer flexibility at heart of AVMA testimony before House subcommittee

Date: 4/29/2016
​American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board Chair Dr. John de Jong testified Friday, April 29, at The Pet Medication Industry: Issues and Perspectives hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee. The hearing was related to...

Participants from across the veterinary profession gather to identify ways to alleviate student debt

Date: 4/26/2016
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) April 26, 2016 – Veterinary student debt is an increasingly critical issue that can be alleviated by employing a number of different approaches, from a streamlined curricula to increasing scholarship opportunities, higher starting salaries, lobbying federal lawmakers for...

Banfield Foundation makes $45,000 grant to AVMA in Support of Reaching UP New Mexico program

Date: 4/14/2016
​(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois)—April 14, 2016—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) launched a pilot grant program which will be funded by corporate, private and public foundations. One hundred percent of the funds will benefit programs identified through the AVMA’s strategic management...

Veterinary tips for keeping pets safe in sub-zero weather and snowstorms

Date: 1/22/2016
​Although your furry friend may have a nice fur coat, it doesn’t mean that dogs and cats are not susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. With the east coast bracing for Winter Storm Jonas, which is expected to dump at least one foot of snow in many parts of the region Friday and into this...

AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven to retire

Date: 1/14/2016
​​SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (Jan. 14, 2016) – Dr. Ron DeHaven’s passion for veterinary medicine is what brought him to the American Veterinary Medical Association on Aug. 9, 2007. That passion is what will guide him through the remaining months of his tenure, as he will retire this summer. While a...

Veterinary behaviorist honored for enhancing human-animal bond

Date: 1/12/2016
​Dr. Melissa Bain has devoted her career as a veterinarian to enhancing the human-animal bond through research on companion animal behavior problems, enrichment of shelter animals and the effects of different training methods on dog behavior. In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Bain received the...

AVMA approves updated policy on free-roaming abandoned and feral cats

Date: 1/11/2016
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has updated its policy on free-roaming abandoned and feral cats to encourage collaboration among veterinarians, humane groups and wildlife conservation entities in efforts to reduce these cat populations in a humane and ethical manner. While...

Santa’s veterinarian clears reindeer for Christmas flight

Date: 12/15/2015
​Following a health checkup at the North Pole, 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. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), visited the...

AVMF accepting applications through December 31 for Merck Animal Health Veterinary Scholarship Program Merck pledges $185,000

Date: 11/24/2015
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) November 24, 2015—Applications for the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program are now being accepted through Dec. 31. Merck Animal Health is partnering with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide $185,000 in scholarship dollars to...

Veterinarians take their Oath in Action to underserved communities across the U.S. for Make a Difference Day

Date: 10/27/2015
AVMF and Banfield Foundation team up for future projects Veterinarians took their services into communities across the country for Make a Difference Day. (SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Oct. 27, 2015 - It isn’t unusual for America’s homeless population to share their lives with special pets, often...

AVMA summit highlights improving veterinary economics; identifies key areas that need attention

Date: 10/20/2015
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Oct. 21, 2015 - Salaries are climbing. Employment is strong. The debt-to-income ratio for veterinary school graduates is holding steady. All of this positive economic news was shared at the 2015 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Economic Summit, painting a...

AVMA congressional fellows report for duty on Capitol Hill

Date: 10/13/2015
​Pictured left to right: Dr. Stump, Dr. Hansen and Dr. Cumberbatch. Photo by Molly Riley.D.C.—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased to announce that its 2015-2016 Congressional Fellows have accepted positions on Capitol Hill, where over the course of a year they will use...

AVMA issues report on veterinary capacity

Date: 10/8/2015
​The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today released its 2015 AVMA Report on Veterinary Capacity. The fifth installment of the AVMA’s six-part 2015 Veterinary Economic Report series, the report focuses on the capacity of the market for veterinary services. Are there too many...