American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
The AVMA is one of
the largest and oldest not-for-profit associations for veterinarians. The AVMA
represents veterinarians who use their professional training in a variety of
ways — from private practice to public health, agriculture, food safety,
academia and the military.
What does the AVMA do?
* The AVMA is
designated as the accrediting body for the 28 schools of veterinary medicine in
the United States.
The AVMA educational standards of excellence are recognized worldwide as the
"gold standard" in veterinary education.
* The AVMA
produces animal-related scientific and medical information that benefits
veterinarians, governments, regulatory agencies and the public.
* The AVMA works
closely with allied organizations and entities, such as the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Sciences, to accomplish its
work in protecting animal and human health.
* The AVMA has a
broad network of animal and public health experts who constantly monitor the
environment for the early signs of health risks to pets, people and wildlife.
* The AVMA regularly
updates veterinarians on the most effective medical treatments available.
* AVMA members in
veterinary research work tirelessly to discover causes and cures of animal diseases.
* The AVMA is an
active participant in state and federal legislation regarding animal care,
animal abuse and other important issues affecting animals and public health.
* The AVMA's
Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams provide onsite emergency medical care to
animals that are the victims of local, regional or national disasters.
* The AVMA Web
site, www.avma.org, contains a wealth of information on animal health issues
and timely articles on animal-related public health concerns.
* Educators will
find information and resources on the AVMA Web site to help encourage students
to pursue careers as veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
AVMA-sponsored National Pet Week Web site, www.petweek.org, features sample
lesson plans for elementary school teachers that support national science
standards and foster a life-long love of science in students.
What resources does the AVMA offer to pet owners?
The AVMA Web site, www.avma.org, contains a library of
information (in English and Spanish) covering a variety of animal health topics
such as vaccinations, rabies, heartworm disease, spaying and neutering,
household hazards, foreign animal diseases, disaster preparation and zoonoses. Available in a brochure or text format, the
information can be easily downloaded and saved to your computer for future reference.