New Arkansas vet tech legislation poses risks to veterinary patients, clients, and practices
The Arkansas state legislature recently adopted a law that will expand veterinary technician specialists’ (VTS) scope of practice. Another bill still…
FDA concludes first premarket consultation for meat cultured from animal cells
In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration’s premarket consultation for meat cultured from animal cells brings Upside Foods’ chicken closer…
Animal health advocacy
The AVMA’s advocacy work provides critical support for the work veterinary teams do every day to protect, promote, and advance animal health. Learn…
Congressional offices consider making xylazine a controlled substance
With illicit xylazine increasingly showing up in street drugs that pose grave risks to human users, government policymakers are discussing making it a…
From Congress to the courtroom, AVMA advocates for veterinarians
The AVMA’s advocacy on behalf of its members covers practically every aspect of veterinary medicine and takes place in the federal government,…
Colorado veterinary technicians to be regulated in 2023
Colorado’s latest state Veterinary Practice Act outlines who can use the title “veterinary technician.” Starting Jan. 1, 2023, only those veterinary…
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AVMA Board of Directors: President-Elect Rena Carlson
Racetrack safety regulations submitted for federal review
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority formally submitted draft regulations on racetrack safety to the Federal Trade Commission on Dec. 6,…
Support for the collection of antimicrobial use data for antimicrobial stewardship
Antimicrobials are necessary tools for protecting animal health and wellbeing. Antimicrobial stewardship is successful only when all partners involved…
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Animal blood shortage deepens during pandemic
Veterinarians struggle to acquire adequate blood supplies as transfusions become more routine and donations decline. Meanwhile, California is…
AAFCO calls for more research on hemp products in animal food
The Association of American Feed Control Officials has issued a position paper and call to action on hemp and its byproducts in livestock feed and pet…
Bill would ban double-decker trailers for horse transport
The AVMA has long advocated for this prohibition, which is included in a $500 billion infrastructure bill proposed in the U.S. House of…
COVID-19: Answering the call together
Your national association is working around the clock to develop guidance, resources, and information to support the veterinary community in these…
Coronavirus emergency law gives paid leave
A new federal law expands the existing paid family medical and leave program from its current form and gives paid sick leave to workers who did not…
NAVTA's Veterinary Nurse Initiative a work in progress
Although the Veterinary Nurse Initiative has seen little state legislative progress, it has made strides in other areas.
Board chair embraces veterinary family ties
Dr. Rena Carlson, chair of the AVMA Board of Directors, has held leadership roles since early in her veterinary career. She spoke to JAVMA News about…
AVMA revises declawing policy
Policy discourages procedure but defers to veterinarians on each case
AVMA request: Commenting deadline for compounding
Once more around the track
Racetrack-led coalition created to address horse racing deaths, safety concerns
Microchipping of animals
This page provides background information on microchipping of animals.
Customs, APHIS inspectors needed at ports to meet growing demand
Members of Congress are calling for hundreds more agriculture inspections at ports of entry.
Reflecting on a remarkable year
It’s been a very good year. As I wrap up my year as AVMA president, I couldn’t be more proud of all that the AVMA has accomplished on behalf of AVMA…
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.