Animal welfare: People

Much of what happens to animals happens through people. Veterinarians have tremendous responsibility and opportunity to positively affect the complex interactions between people and animals, including the human-animal bond. This page provides access to information about maintaining good human-animal relationships, which is key to ensuring the good welfare of animals.

Featured topic: Socialization

For the best start in life, puppies and kittens need to learn to enjoy exploring their environment and meeting new people and animals.  The AVMA will be developing a range of materials to help veterinarians advise owners about making a socialization plan for their puppy or kitten in the first weeks and months of its life.  For more information visit

Human-animal bond

AVMA Policy on Human-Animal Interactions and the Human-Animal Bond"The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors considered essential to the health and well-being of both."


Pet loss

Prevention of animal abuse

Disaster response

Disaster Preparedness for Veterinarians

Veterinary involvement in emergency preparedness and response is an important topic for the AVMA. Animals are impacted by the same disasters and emergencies as people - natural, manmade, large, and small.