AVMA animal welfare principles
The AVMA, as a medical authority for the health and welfare of animals, offers the following eight integrated principles for developing and evaluating…
Animal welfare: People
Veterinarians have responsibilty and opportunity to positively affect the complex interactions between people and animals, including the human-animal…
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…
Advocates for animal welfare, human-animal bond honored
The AVMA recently honored three individuals for their continuing efforts to advance animal health and welfare and protect the human-animal
AVMA guidelines for veterinarians working with animal control and animal welfare organizations
Statement of Position - Veterinarians, animal control agencies, and animal welfare organizations have a common bond in the
Advocating for horse welfare
The AVMA advocates on a variety of horse welfare issues. Learn about our top priorities and find out how you can help protect horses.
Dr. Harry Werner named recipient of 2020 AVMA Animal Welfare Award
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today honored Dr. Harry Werner as the winner of the 2020 AVMA Animal Welfare Award.
From brown polo ponies to green iguanas, animal welfare anything but black and white
Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia has seen show cats in a new light thanks to the AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest.
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.
USDA adds welfare provisions for dealers, exhibitors, researchers
In May, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a series of pending rules that include requirements for…
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…
Nonhuman primates as assistance animals
The AVMA does not support the use of nonhuman primates as assistance animals.
Supporting real assistance animals
Is that cockatoo riding a man's shoulder in the produce section really an emotional support animal?
Animals used in entertainment, shows, and for exhibition
The AVMA supports the humane and ethical use of animals in spectator events, shows, exhibitions, motion pictures, and television in accord with…
Use of electro-muscular disruption devices (EMDDs) on Animals
EMDDs (including stun guns and devices known by trade name TASER®) should not be used on any animal for routine capture or restraint.
Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
The Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award recognizes outstanding work of veterinarians in preserving and protecting the human-animal…
AVMA to deliberate on assistance animals, stem cells
Service, emotional support, and therapy animals provide therapeutic interventions and assist individuals with disabilities but the growing
Social workers turn attention to animal hoarders
Dealing with animal hoarding should be about helping the hoarders as well as the animals, according to social workers who consult
Assistance Animals: Rights of Access and the Problem of Fraud (2017)
Peer-reviewed white paper addressing possible strategies to promote appropriate use of assistance animals and discourage fraudulent activities
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
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 honors 3 with awards during National Pet Week
The AVMA has announced the 2020 recipients of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award, AVMA Animal Welfare Award, and AVMA Humane…
Congratulate these AVMA award winners
Three accomplished veterinary and animal science professionals have been chosen to receive AVMA Excellence Awards for their support of the…
The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking public comment on proposed updates to Animal Welfare Act…
Natural bovine behavior key to evaluating management practices
Human-animal interaction is one of the largest components of appropriate animal welfare. More than anything, the natural behaviors of animals