Legislation would regulate puppy mills
A Senate subcommittee recently held a hearing about a controversial bill aimed at regulating puppy mills by bringing federal oversight to large-scale…
AVMA opposes prescription mandate legislation
Veterinary prescription mandates are bad for veterinarians, and bad for our patients. This legislation interferes in the veterinarian-client-patient…
Stay informed about AVMA advocacy
Stay up-to-date on legislation and regulations affecting veterinary medicine, and know how you can have an impact.
Veterinary lawmakers a rare breed
The personal and professional lives of veterinarians are affected by legislation and regulation every day, from when they write a prescription to when…
The veterinary profession's role in addressing the opioid epidemic
AVMA strongly recommends that veterinarians, legislators, state veterinary medical boards, and state pharmacy boards work together to create practical…
Lawmakers want to restrict use of word 'meat'
Legislation in at least 13 states would define meat to exclude plant and cell culture products.
Gains for animal health in farm bill
Recently passed federal legislation will improve national animal disease detection and response capabilities.
State and local advocacy
AVMA works with state and local veterinary associations to advocate for animal health, animal welfare, and the advancement of veterinary medicine. We…
Horse soring bill passes the House
Soring, the intentional injuring of a horse to exaggerate its gait as it performs in the show ring, has been an issue for the equine community for…
Help rural communities access veterinary care
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) helps place veterinarians in high-need rural areas by providing strategic loan repayment help…
Q&A: As partisan storms rage, congressman tacks toward the center
As a moderate Democrat in the House of Representatives, Rep. Kurt Schrader is a rarity in a Congress riven by partisan passions.
AVMA health insurance returns
The AVMA and AVMA LIFE announced the return of an employer-based association health insurance program for AVMA members that will initially be…
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
Lowering hurdles of licenses
Government and veterinary leaders are trying to make it easier for professionals to keep working when they change states.
What's in a name?
Two years ago, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America formed the Veterinary Nurse Initiative coalition.
Groups provide new guidance on antimicrobials
The AVMA, Canadian VMA, and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe are calling for continuous monitoring of antimicrobial use and resistance at a…
Another ballot initiative increases housing size for farm animals
As consumers demand to know more about the origin of their foods, the trend toward less-restrictive housing for farm animals has accelerated in recent…
Telehealth poses new possibilities, problems
Telehealth in veterinary medicine continues to advance with greater use by corporate and private
Cannabis research for veterinary patients advancing, cautiously
More than half the country has legalized marijuana use in one form or another.
A heart for politics
Dr. John Melcher has been a fixture in the nation's capital since 1969 when the Montana veterinarian was first sworn