Animal abuse and animal neglect
The AVMA recognizes that veterinarians may observe cases of animal abuse or neglect as defined by federal or state laws, or local ordinances.
Animal abuse resources for veterinarians
It is important that veterinarians be familiar with the concepts of animal abuse and neglect, and how these are defined under any law or ordinance…
AVMA's Response to Videotaped Abuse of Animals
View video message from AVMA Executive Vice President, Dr. W. Ron DeHaven. April 28, 2011 It seems that every few months another undercover video…
California considers animal abuser registry
In California, persons convicted of felony animal cruelty could soon share a dubious distinction with sex offenders and arsonists
Animal abuse response - Resources for veterinarians
While most animals are treated well by their owners, unfortunately veterinarians may encounter animal abuse or neglect in their practices.
AVMA applauds legislation to address animal abuse
AVMA President Dr. John Howe released the following statement in response to today’s vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to advance the PACT…
Alleged animal abuse recorded at Ohio dairy farm
An Ohio dairy farm worker was charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals following the release of a secretly recorded video
AVMA endorses guidance for vets suspecting animal abuse
The AVMA has endorsed a document created jointly by the AVMA Committee on the Human-Animal Bond and the American Humane
Opioid abuse and drug shortages
Use these resources to help navigate the challenges posed by human opioid abuse and opioid shortages.
AVMA addresses animal abuse, research cats and dogs, outdoor housing of pets
The AVMA Board of Directors, while meeting April 11-13, revised guidance for veterinarians
AVMA welcomes legislation to stop horse abuse
AVMA President Dr. John de Jong released the following statement in response to today's passage of the PAST Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.
AVMA urges Congress to act on horse abuse
AVMA is asking Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 693), which would eliminate the cruel practice of soring horses.
AVMA addresses pet obesity, opioid abuse
The AVMA Board of Directors met June 19-20 at Association headquarters to consider an agenda that included
Research distinguishes between injuries from accidents, abuse
In dogs and cats, blunt force trauma causes different types of injuries depending on whether the trauma is accidental
Reporting laws suggest need for abuse standards
The statute protects veterinarians from civil or criminal liability when they alert authorities to an animal they suspect has been inhumanely treated
AVMA, swine veterinarians respond to video of pig abuse
A video showing the abuse of pigs on an Iowa farm brought a swift response from the AVMA and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians,
AABP condemns abuses at Chino slaughterhouse - February 7, 2008
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners has issued a statement condemning abusive practices at a Chino, Calif.,
AVMA working group helps navigate opioid abuse epidemic
An AVMA working group has taken up the task of providing needed information to help veterinary professionals contribute productively to the national…
Veterinarians say they need more training in opioid abuse prevention
An estimated 218,000 deaths due to prescription opioid overdoses occurred in the U.S. from 1999-2017, representing the epidemic of our time, according…
Opioid shortage and abuse: Resources and education for veterinarians
The AVMA has good news to help our members advance high-quality patient care in the face of continuing opioid shortages: We’ve teamed up with VetBloom…
HSUS calls for more rules after calf abuse allegations
State and federal agriculture authorities suspended operations at a Vermont slaughter plant and called for criminal investigations
Animal welfare: Companion animals
This page provides access to a variety of resources that can help you make a positive difference in the lives of companion animals.
Animal welfare: Laboratory animals
This page provides access to a variety of resources that can help you make a positive difference in the lives of laboratory animals.
The AVMA condemns fighting events involving animals in which injury or death is intended. The AVMA supports the enforcement of laws against the use…
Animal welfare: Food & fiber animals
This page provides access to a variety of resources that can help you make a positive difference in the lives of food and fiber animals.