Animal welfare

Two veterinarians walking through barn with numerous cows
In this article:
  • Discover AVMA resources that support veterinarians in preserving the welfare of animals in any setting.
  • Find AVMA policies, comprehensive literature reviews, and practical guidance on key animal welfare topics, including animal abuse; humane endings; and the human-animal bond.
  • Get information about AVMA volunteer positions, awards, and education resources pertaining to animal welfare.
Two veterinarians walking through barn with numerous cows

Protecting animal welfare is a veterinary commitment that encompasses all aspects of an animal’s wellbeing, both physical and mental. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, proper housing, management, nutrition, humane handling, and—when necessary—humane euthanasia.

AVMA resources help guide the profession in our commitment to preserve the welfare of all animals in any setting—from pets to horses, livestock, poultry, laboratory, zoo, wildlife, and beyond. Explore the materials below by featured topic or species.

Read AVMA’s animal welfare principles

Featured topics

Animal welfare resources by species

Education resources

American College of Animal Welfare
Animal welfare course syllabus
Animal Welfare Assessment Contest
Human-animal bond certificate