American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

USA | Full Member


AVMA President:

Dr. Michael Topper DVM PhDDACVP

E-mail:  mjtopper@comcast.net


WSAVA Representative:

Dr. Laurel Kaddatz
Pound Ridge Veterinary Center
35 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Tel: +1 914 764 4644; +1 914 850 9709
Fax: +1 914 764 4202
Email: laurel.kaddatz@gmail.com
Janet Donlin, DVM, CAE
Executive Vice President and CEO
Office phone: 847-285-6775
Email: jdonlin@avma.org


AVMA Staff Contact:

Dr. Beth Sabin
E-mail: esabin@avma.org


1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Fax: +847 925 1329


Members: 88,000 as of Dec 31, 2015; approximately 60% focusing on companion animal practice.


The AVMA, established in 1863, is a not-for-profit national association in the USA that currently represents more than 85,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Approximately 60% of AVMA members are companion animal practitioners. In addition to caring for the USA's more than 70 million dogs, 80 million cats, 11 million birds, and millions of other companion animals, members of the AVMA also serve in medical research, prevention of bio- and agroterrorism, and food safety and contribute greatly to scientific breakthroughs throughout the world.

Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. The mission of the Association is to improve animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession. The objective of the Association shall be to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture. 

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2014 Report to the WSAVA

2014 List of Activites



  • Continued the Association’s strategic planning and management processes.

  • Hosted several successful meetings, including the Veterinary Leadership Conference, Public Policy Forum, Animal Welfare Symposium, Economic Summit, and Annual Convention.

  • Key leader of Partners for Healthy Pets.

  • Advocated on behalf of the veterinary profession on key federal legislative issues impacting the profession, animal health, and public health.

  • Collaborated with state veterinary associations on issues impacting the profession at the state level.

  • Active member of several international veterinary organizations, including WSAVA, World Veterinary Association (WVA), and the

  • Panamerican Association of Veterinary Sciences (PANVET).

  • Collaborated with other national and regional veterinary associations to develop joint policy statements to enhance international and national advocacy efforts.

  • Awarded the 2014 World Veterinary Day prize by the OIE and WVA for creation of a user-friendly online animal welfare resource. 


2014 Highlights



  • Continued the Association’s strategic planning and management processes, which was initiated in the final quarter of 2013, to develop its new plan in conjunction with a management process to ensure alignment of resources with key initiatives. Information on both processes, which involved gathering input via multiple surveys of members, focus-groups, internal and external working groups, and online means, is available at http://newcourse.avma.org/
  • Offered free webinars for AVMA members and others on topics such as drug compounding, career opportunities, professional stress and well-being, and antiparasitic resistance.
  • Published regular online articles and other resources focussing on veterinary economic issues.
  • Continued the “Simple Answers to Tough Questions” video series produced by the AVMA and available as an AVMA member service to provide members the answers to questions they might have during their first few years as a veterinarian.



  • Hosted the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois. This annual conference, held in conjunction with the winter meeting of the AVMA House of Delegates, offers three days of networking and continuing education workshop opportunities with tracks for current and emerging leaders and state and allied representatives. The conference is open to any veterinary professional interested in learning more about leadership, team building and how the AVMA works with and for its members.



  • Hosted the AVMA Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC. 100 veterinary students and veterinarians participated in this event designed to educate the nation’s policymakers on issues of importance to the veterinary profession.



  • Hosted the 151st Annual AVMA Convention in Denver, Colorado. More than 8,500 attendees participated in more than 1,100 continuing education (CE) sessions.
  • Dr. Ted Cohn assumed the AVMA Presidency and the AVMA House of Delegates elected Dr. Joe Kinnarney as President-Elect and Dr. Rebecca Stinson-Dixon as Vice President for the 2014-2015 Association Year.



  • Celebrated passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014.



  • Hosted the AVMA Public Policy Symposium 2014. This 2 day symposium is designed to help state and allied veterinary medical associations tackle today’s most pressing policy issues. It is attended by veterinary associations’ executives, staff, officers, directors, lobbyists, and other veterinarians involved in advocacy.



  • Hosted the Second Annual AVMA Economic Summit. Attendees at this 1 day meeting learned the latest findings from recent AVMA economic studies that explored veterinary compensation, under/unemployment, supply and demand for veterinarians, and price elasticities for veterinary services. Business leaders, practice owners, and those with an interest in the economics of the profession discussed how this information can affect everyday business decisions and intelligence.
  • In collaboration with the CDC and USDA, provided online Ebola resources regarding Ebola virus for veterinarians and other public health practitioners.
  • AVMA Past-President Dr. René Carlson elected President of the World Veterinary Association for the 2014 (November 30)-2017 term.



  • Hosted the AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium 2014: Humane Endings - In Search of Best Practices for Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and the Depopulation of Animals. This 2.5 day symposium was attended by veterinarians, animal scientists, government officials, industry representatives, representatives from various humane organizations, and academicians from around the world. Presentations addressed the science of animal pain and suffering and the effectiveness of various euthanasia methods. Ethical and legal issues related to intentionally inducing animal death were also addressed.



  • The AVMA President, Dr. Ted Cohn, responded to a series of articles titled “Pets at Risk,” which were published in the Indianapolis Star. In his letter to the editor, Dr. Cohn expressed the AVMA’s disappointment and concern about these articles that the Association believes impugn veterinarians and calls into question their integrity and professionalism. 
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