Animal health and welfare
In this article:
- Discover practical AVMA tools and programs that support veterinarians in caring for animals.
- Learn about the role of veterinarians in protecting animal health and welfare.
When it comes to protecting the health and welfare of animals, no one is more committed or better equipped to handle the task than veterinarians and our teams. We don’t just care for animals when they’re sick or injured. We provide preventive care and exams that keep them healthy, work with owners to make sure they get nutritious food, help manage their weight, provide guidance on behavior and training, offer advice on pet selection, actively explore emerging technologies to improve patient care, and much more.
From pets to livestock, horses, laboratory animals, zoo animals, aquatic animals, wildlife, and beyond, veterinarians’ work preserves the health and welfare of all animal species in all settings.
Preserving animal welfare means considering all aspects of an animal’s wellbeing. Veterinarians have the knowledge, expertise, and responsibility to protect animal welfare in any setting. AVMA supports this work with resources on topics from breeding to housing to transportation to humane endings.
Veterinarians are committed to protecting the health of all animal species in all environments. The AVMA has many resources to support veterinaries in daily practice, including in the areas of therapeutics and biologics, nutrition and diet, animal disease, preventive care, and responsible ownership.
Pet health awareness events
These events offer timely opportunities to showcase the roles of veterinarians and the importance of clients partnering with the veterinary team to keep pets healthy and happy.
National Pet Dental Health Month
National Dog Bite Prevention Week®
National Pet Week®
National Check the Chip Day