Veterinary Associations and Organizations

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The veterinary associations and organizations listed below foster the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the care and responsible use of animals. Ultimately, their goal is to enhance animal and human health and well-being. Additionally, several of these organizations are open to students and graduates of schools of veterinary medicine. For your reference, here is a list of over 30 associations and organizations that may be of interest to veterinarians and zoologists:

Veterinary Online Association

AAEP Online

The American Association of Equine Practitioners works to improve the health and welfare of horses. It also wants to further the professional development of its members who work with equine. Additionally, the AAEP serves as its members’ primary resource for education, professional development and ethical standards. It aims to be the respected source for information about equine health that influences public policy.

Veterinary Annual Conference and Expo

AAV Annual – Conference & Expo

The Association of Avian Veterinarians focuses on professionals who work with all different types of birds. Each year, the AAV hosts a conference for its members and other interested parties. As far as veterinary associations and organizations are concerned, the AAV Annual Conference & Expo is considered by many to be the preeminent avian event each year.

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Veterinary Associations and Organizations

Alabama Veterinary Medical Association

The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association works to advance the art and science of veterinary medicine for practitioners and professionals in the state of Alabama. It promotes a cooperative spirit among veterinarians. In addition, the AVMA maintains the highest standards of qualifications for its members through professional development and educational opportunities. It also increases awareness for the population regarding the importance of veterinarians in animal health and disease control. The AVMA also promotes and supports sound legislation that affects veterinarians in the state. Finally, it promotes and encourages responsibility in pet ownership.

American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association accredits veterinary hospitals. Accredited hospitals ensure that animals receive care according to AAHA best practice guidelines. In addition, the AAHA enhances the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals. It enables veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence. The AAHA also meets the public’s needs as they relate to the delivery of small-animal veterinary medicine.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

The American Association of Bovine Practicioners serves as a leading body in cattle health, welfare and productivity. It endeavors to do all things necessary to promote the interest, to improve the public stature, and increase the knowledge of veterinarians in the field of dairy and beef cattle practice. Furthermore, the AABP elevates standards of bovine practice and attracts attention to the relationship between bovine practice and the public interest. It also promotes understanding and good will among its members and cooperates with veterinary and agricultural organizations and regulatory agencies.

Veterinary Society

American Society of Animal Science

The American Society of Animal Science fosters the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the care and responsible use of animals to enhance animal and human health and well-being. The ASAS also publishes the Journal of Animal Science.

Veterinary Academies

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture promotes the art and science of veterinary acupuncture. It also aims to promote traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and traditional Eastern veterinary medicine.

American Academy of Veterinary Informatics

The American Academy of Veterinary Informatics guides and transforms the veterinary profession in understanding, using and extending the practice of informatics.

American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics supports and promotes research, education, discovery, and dissemination of information. Specifically, areas of focus for AAVPT include all varieties of pharmacology, such as clinical veterinary pharmacology, comparative veterinary pharmacology, and other general interest areas of pharmacology.

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science dedicates itself to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals. The organization also promotes quality research that leads to scientific gains for people and animals.

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American Association Of Feline Practitioners

The American Association of Feline Practitioners helps its members improve the health and welfare of cats. AAFP supports high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine. It serves as the trusted leader in feline health and welfare for the veterinary community and cat givers. Furthermore, the AAFP also works collaboratively and demonstrates a constant commitment to the best interest of its members. It also leads with science, providing trusted and evidence-based information.

American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners

The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) furthers the studies and research of practitioners who work with small animals, specifically ruminants. The category of small ruminants includes elk, goats, sheep, camelids, deer and similar species. Also, the AASRP encourages education, research and training to promote good health and productivity and to benefit organization members around the world. It provides a single forum for those with interests in small ruminants, where they can exchange ideas and share knowledge.

American Association of Swine Veterinarians

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians increases the knowledge of swine veterinarians. It protects and promotes the health and well-beings of pigs. The AASV advocates for science-based approaches to veterinary, industry, and public health issues. Finally, it also promotes the development and availability of resources that enhance the effectiveness of professional activities.

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American Association of Veterinary Anatomists

The American Association of Veterinary Anatomists advances veterinary anatomical science. In essence, the AAVA is the primary body of all veterinary associations and organizations that focuses on animal anatomy.

American Association of Veterinary Immunologists

The American Association of Veterinary Immunologists dedicates itself to the development, promotion, and dissemination of knowledge in veterinary immunology. Its mission includes immunology of livestock, poultry, companion animals, fish and marine animals. The AAVI also holds an annual conference and business meeting working with The Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) and a symposium annually by partnering with the AAI Veterinary Immunology Committee.

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges promotes and protects the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment. It advances the profession of veterinary medicine and prepares new generations of veterinarians as well.

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Associations and Organizations

American Association of Veterinary State Boards

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards includes veterinary medicine regulatory boards. In total, this association includes licensing board members in sixty-two different jurisdictions, including all of the United States.

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

The American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians enhances the contributions of veterinary medicine for wild life. It encourages and promotes a philosophy of animal population management and preventive medicine. For this reason, the AAWV encourages an increase emphasis in colleges on veterinary medicine relative to conservation and management of free-ranging species. It also educates and gains rapport with governmental agencies and wildlife resource interest groups about the importance of wildlife preventive medicine and disease in relation to the wildlife resource and domestic species. The AAWV also encourages cooperative efforts among conservation and resource management professionals and wildlife veterinarians. Finally, it helps to establish and work for continuing education programs for wildlife veterinarians.

American Canine Sports Medicine Association

The American Canine Sports Medicine Association supports experts at diagnosing and managing the injuries, diseases, nutrition, rehabilitation, and physiologic functions of sporting and working dogs. Its members address nearly all conditions affecting sporting breed dogs. ACSMA’s mission is to optimize performance, minimize risk of injury or metabolic damage, and define the best treatments for performance dogs, taking the canine athlete’s special needs into consideration. In conclusion, their ultimate goal is to improve the dog’s health and longevity.

Veterinary Boards

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners sets the highest standards in veterinary care. It encourages kindness and compassion for animals and mankind. The ABVP nurtures a spirit of curiosity and continuous learning and advancement. It also fosters a strong sense of community among its members by distinguishing and connecting the most trusted and committed practitioners in the profession. Finally, the ABVP holds its members accountable to the highest ethical standards based on their mission.

American Board of Veterinary Toxicology

The American Board of Veterinary Toxicology furthers the educational and scientific progress in the specialty of veterinary toxicology. Also, it encourages education, training and research in this field. Moreover, the ABVT establishes and maintains the highest possible standards of training and experience for qualifications as specialists in this field. It also provides recognition for such qualified specialists by suitable certification and other means.

Veterinary Colleges

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine encourages the education, training and research in laboratory animal medicine. It establishes standards of training and experience for veterinarians professional involved with the care and health of laboratory animals. Also, the ACLAM recognizes qualified persons in laboratory animal medicine, through certification and other means.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine improves the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine. Its members discover and disseminate new medical knowledge, and increase public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. Additionally, the ACVIM is recognized for its members’ specialization in oncology, large animal internal medicine, cardiology, small animal internal medicine, and neurology. Moreover, it enhances human and animal well-being through the advancement of internal veterinary medicine including education, research, discovery, and training.

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American College of Veterinary Microbiologists

The American College of Veterinary Microbiologists’s members are veterinarians who specialize in microbiology. The ACVM furthers educational and scientific progress in the specialty of veterinary microbiology. Likewise, it strengthens and improves education in the post- and pre-doctoral degrees in microbiology for veterinarian science. The ACVM also promotes the highest standards of the profession of microbiologists in veterinarian science and establishes standards of postdoctoral training and experience for qualification of specialists in veterinary microbiology. Finally, it certifies competent and very qualified microbiologist veterinarians in sub-specialties.

American College Of Veterinary Nutrition

The American College of Veterinary Nutrition advances the specialty area of veterinary nutrition. It increases the competence of those who practice in this field by establishing requirements for certification in veterinary nutrition. Equally important, the ACVN encourages continuing professional education and promotes research. Finally, It also enhances the research of new knowledge and the dissemination of the knowledge of nutritional issues for veterinarians through academic programs and educational teaching opportunities.

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) promotes research, education, training, and advanced certification for the benefit of the field of veterinary ophthalmology.

American College of Veterinary Pathologists

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) encourages excellence in pathology among veterinarians. For the betterment of society, it works to protect and improve animal, human and environmental health. The ACVP sets the standard for best practices in veterinary pathology.

Additional Veterinary Colleges

American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

The American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine offers board certification in preventive medicine with the option of a specialty in epidemiology. Among veterinary associations and organizations, the ACVPM is the premiere group that advances preventive medicine for animal care.

American College of Veterinary Radiology

The American College of Veterinary Radiology promotes excellence in patient care. It provides leadership, innovation, and education in veterinary diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology. The ACVR protects the public against incompetence in the practice of radiology, radiation oncology and equine diagnostic imaging by conducting investigations and examinations to determine the competence of voluntary candidates for certificates issued by the College. It also encourages the development of teaching personnel and training facilities in veterinary radiology, radiation oncology, and equine diagnostic imaging. The ACVR also advises veterinarians who desire certification in the field of veterinary radiology, radiation oncology and equine diagnostic imaging.

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons advances the art and science of surgery in animals. It promotes excellence in animal health care through research, education and service to the public. The ACVS establishes the standards for post-graduate residency training and education for veterinary surgeons. Also, it acts as the agency by which veterinarians are certified as specialists in surgery. The ACVS also encourages and supports research and the dissemination of the results of these investigations. Furthermore, the organization offers educational opportunities for Diplomates, other members of the veterinary profession, and the public. Finally, the ACVS promotes itself as the specialty organization representing excellence in veterinary surgery to the profession and the public.

Veterinary Society

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners

The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners advances laboratory animal medicine and welfare through member development and representation in the greater professional community. Also, it serves as a voice for professionals working with laboratory animals inside the House of Delegates for the AVMA. It also works with other associations and societies that serve in the use and care of laboratory animals in representing our common interests and concerns to the scientific community and the public at large. Therefore, the ASLAP encourages the development and dissemination of knowledge in areas related to laboratory animal practice. Finally, It also creates a way to share and exchange technical and scientific information between laboratory animal veterinarians.

Zoological Association

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums dedicates itself to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Plus, the AZA ensures that its members meet the highest standards in animal care and welfare and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. Additionally, it dedicates millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation, and education programs.

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