Important animal welfare bill approved by Congress
Following years of advocacy by the AVMA, lawmakers and animal welfare advocates, the U.S. House and Senate have unanimously approved landmark animal…
AVMA responds to USDA-APHIS action on release of animal welfare data
UPDATE - February 18, 2017: On February 17, 2017, USDA-APHIS announced it had reposted the first batch of Animal Welfare Act compliance information on…
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.
The veterinarian’s role in supporting appropriate selection and use of service, assistance and therapy animals
Service, assistance and therapy animals provide help, support, and comfort for people. Veterinarians have a role in assisting in selecting the right…
AVMA urges policymakers to preserve biomedical research
As veterinarians, we’re passionate about animal health and welfare. Scientific research—including research using animals—is key to improving animal…
AVMA advocates for veterinary licensing in U.S. waters outside state Jurisdiction
Why is the AVMA advocating for this? The AVMA with guidance by its Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee wants to bridge a critical gap in the…
What we can do to stop soring
As part of our work to promote animal welfare, the AVMA has long supported policies cracking down on soring, which is the practice of deliberately…
Position on Canine Hybrids
The AVMA recognizes that: a) wild canines crossbred with domestic animals (canine hybrids) are often maintained in captivity as companion animals, for…
Dog and cat population control
The population of dogs and cats in the U.S. exceeds the capacity of our society to care and provide homes for them as companion animals.
AAEP-AVMA management of Bureau of Land Management wild horses and burros
The AVMA and AAEP have jointly adopted this policy on the management of BLM wild horses and burros.
Humane transport of equines
The AVMA supports the use of best practices when transporting animals and therefore opposes the use of double-decked trailers to transport equines.
Member comment sought on draft guidelines for depopulation
A draft version of the first-ever AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals is now available for review and comment by all AVMA members. Once…
What we can do to ensure funding for important veterinary programs
It’s no secret that the U.S. government has a limited budget and that members of Congress must make difficult choices about how to spend it. Because…
AVMA, United Airlines reach agreement on veterinary health form
Update - March 8, 2018: The revised form has been posted on the United Airlines website. The AVMA, with support from AVMA PLIT, flew into action when…
Acclimation certificates/statements are used to allow airlines to ship dogs and cats when the airline cannot guarantee compliance with
Model bill and regulations to assure appropriate care for dogs intended for use as Pets
Model Bill and Regulations to Assure Appropriate Care for Dogs Intended for Use as Pets