Lane County Veterinary Medical Association

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About us

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 

 

  • The AVMA provides up-to-date animal-related scientific and medical information to veterinarians, governments, regulatory agencies, and its members and communities. Topics include: choosing and caring for a pet; protecting animals and humans from disease; and administering medication. 
  • The AVMA and its affiliates such as the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Sciences work together in protecting animal and human health. 
  • The AVMA and its animal and public health experts constantly scan for early signs of health risks to animals and humans. 
  • The AVMA and its members involved with veterinary research work to uncover causes and cures for animal diseases. Their efforts have included vaccines for heartworm disease and the West Nile virus in horses. 
  • The AVMA actively participates in state and federal legislation regarding important issues affecting animals and public health. 
  • The AVMA has Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams that offer onsite, emergency assistance to animals that are victim to local, regional or national disasters. 

Its history 

 

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.