American Veterinary Medical Association
What it is
AVMA represents roughly 78,000 veterinarians striving to improve animal and human health while advancing veterinary medicine and science. Members have a wide range of skills, bringing their experience in private and corporate practice, government, academia and the military into collective discussion about current issues and areas for improvement within the veterinary sphere. Acting as a voice for its members, communities and the veterinary profession, AVMA implements and donates to projects that enrich public health, biological science and agriculture.
What it does
In 1863, the first United States Veterinary Medical Association meeting convened in New York. Dr. Alexandre Liautard, a strong voice and leader behind the American Veterinary College, and 40 other delegates deemed New York the unofficial headquarters of the USVMA, renamed the AVMA in 1889. Within two decades, the association had grown to 1,650 members, in addition to implementing new membership requirements, including a degree from a three-year, accredited veterinary school.
Today, the association has formal headquarters in Illinois, where nearly 80,000 members are registered and care for America’s more than 70 million dogs, 80 million cats, 11 million birds, 7 million horses and millions of other domesticated animals.