Canine devocalization should only be performed by qualified, licensed veterinarians as a final alternative to euthanasia after behavioral…
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…
Welfare Implications of Canine Devocalization
Devocalization (also termed debarking, devoicing or bark softening) is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia to resect varying…
Canine Tail Docking FAQ
Questions/answers about tail docking in dogs, including: When/why did it begin? Why is it done on working dogs? Is it painful? Do dogs need tails?…
Board reaffirms existing policy on canine devocalization
The AVMA is keeping a policy that expresses opposition to canine devocalization, with exceptions,
Canine leishmaniasis confirmed in 21 states
Canine leishmaniasis confirmed in 21 states Cases of visceral canine leishmaniasis
Bequest to boost canine, equine research at Penn
A $9.8 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to support canine and equine research
Ear Cropping and Canine Otitis Externa FAQ
Are dogs with hanging ears more likely to get ear infections? What should be done for dogs at higher risk? What if ear cropping is not done for health…
H3N2 canine flu may require longer isolation
Dogs infected with the H3N2 canine influenza virus may need to be isolated for at least three weeks to prevent spread to naive dogs.
AVMA: removing, reducing teeth as treatment for canine aggression inappropriate
The AVMA has adopted a position against removing or reducing healthy canine teeth as a means of treating aggression in dogs.
Board approves letter to WVA opposing canine breed-specific initiatives
Executive Board coverage Board approves letter to WVA opposing canine breed-specific initiatives The…
Behavior assessment tool may help shelter adoptions
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has incorporated a canine aggression assessment tool
Semen importation regulations changed
TAKE NOTICE Semen importation regulations changed The USDA-APHIS recently decided that canine semen from…
Dog aging goes under the microscope
This November, the nation's dog owners can nominate their canine companions to participate in an ambitious, long-term study investigating healthy…
Tiny ticks, big threat
Ticks responsible for most U.S. vector-borne diseases
Parvovirus history, Boehringer Ingelheim expansion, dog flu sources
Ear cropping and tail docking of dogs
The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes.
Study links skin allergies in dogs to problem behaviors
Research supports calls for treatment of dermatoses in dogs and other animals, including management of environmental stressors
Nominations open for 2020 AVMA awards
The nomination period is open for the following AVMA Excellence Awards for 2020.
New institute supports genome mapping studies
In August, Ralston Purina Company announced the establishment of the Purina Pet Institute in St Louis.
International joint statements address horse slaughter, rabies in dogs
The AVMA has adopted a joint statement on horse slaughter with the Canadian and Mexican veterinary associations and a joint statement
Nominations open for AVMA awards
The nomination period is open for the following AVMA Excellence Awards and AVMA Excellence in Research Awards.
Nominations open for Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards
The AVMA is accepting nominations for the following Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Awards.
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.
Congressman wants cats adopted after research
A Michigan congressman wants adoption, rather than euthanasia, for cats used in federal Toxoplasma research.