Animal Welfare: A Human Responsibility

Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.

AVMA Animal Welfare Principles

The AVMA offers eight integrated principles for developing and evaluating animal welfare policies, resolutions, and actions.
View the AVMA’s policies regarding animal welfare issues.

Animal Welfare: Seeing the Forest AND the Trees

This AVMA brochure describes the AVMA's philosophy regarding animal welfare.

Guidelines on Euthanasia

These guidelines are intended for use by members of the veterinary profession who carry out or oversee the euthanasia of animals.

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