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AVMA Public Service Award
This award honors an AVMA member veterinarian for outstanding public service or unusual contributions to public health and regulatory veterinary…
Stop Smoking – For Your Health and Your Pets’ Health
You don’t need us to tell you the harm that smoking can do to your body, or the risks posed to children and others from secondhand smoke. But perhaps…
Veterinarians have been volunteering in a variety of ways to support public health and each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Veterinarians protect people, animals, and society
When people think of veterinarians, they usually think of doctors for animals, but veterinary medicine also crosses over into public health.
Testing animals for SARS-CoV-2
The AVMA does not recommend routine testing of animals for COVID-19. Because the situation is ever-evolving, public and animal health officials may…
Practicing veterinary medicine during COVID-19
Learn about practicing veterinary medicine during COVID-19, including employer obligations and liability.
Infection prevention and control
Social distancing as well as proper cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation measures can help prevent and control COVID-19 infection.
Slaughter delays lead to depopulation
Companies destroyed thousands of swine and poultry in April as coronavirus outbreaks shuttered or slowed slaughter plants, and one producer warned…
Animal services and temporary sheltering
When shelters receive animals from the home of a person with COVID-19, animal handling should address human health, animal health, and animal welfare…
Using telemedicine to help care for veterinary patients during COVID-19
With intensifying concern around COVID-19, using telemedicine has become an important way to protect and monitor the health of veterinary patients and…
COVID-19: Protecting your veterinary team during the pandemic
Veterinary employers and teams need protocols to protect the health and safety of team members and clients. This resource will help you develop and…
U.S. Government Agencies and Global Veterinary Medicine
The United States government works with its counterparts around the world to ensure a secure U.S. food supply and robust public and environmental…
Guidance for managing veterinary employees with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposure or disease
See AVMA’s guidance for managing employees who have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19—whether confirmed or suspected.
Triage: Determining when cases are urgent or non-urgent
These questions can help you determine whether an appointment can be postponed or if an in-person examination or treatment is necessary during the…
Considerations for equine veterinarians during the COVID-19 pandemic
It’s critical for equine veterinarians to actively incorporate preventive measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 and the international experience
The AVMA has been in contact with international colleagues to share resources and gather information regarding how the veterinary profession is faring…
Considerations for food animal veterinarians during the COVID-19 pandemic
It’s critical to actively incorporate preventive measures into facility visits to decrease the risk of infection for veterinarians, staff members, and…
COVID-19: Other resources
Find more information about COVID-19 and its impacts from these external resources.
Considerations for mobile and house call veterinarians during the COVID-19 pandemic
AVMA's recommendations apply to both small and large animal practice, and are based on proven techniques applied in many different disease outbreaks.
COVID-19 legislation and relief programs
Find information about the laws, relief programs, and regulations enacted to assist veterinary small business owners, veterinarians, and veterinary…
Managing personal finances
Part of thriving as a veterinarian is learning to manage personal finances. AVMA tools help you plan for your future and get on the road to financial…
Caring for patients and interacting with clients during COVID-19
Find resources to help you care for veterinary patients and safely interact with clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SARS-CoV-2 in animals
Learn about how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 affects animals, and how to keep pets safe during the pandemic.
COVID-19 in humans
Learn about COVID-19 symptoms and how to prevent the spread of the disease in people.