Industry Associations

Academy of Veterinary Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Academy of Veterinary Allergy and Clinical Immunology is an association of veterinarians with a special interest in clinical allergy and applied immunology in small and large animals. The purpose of the Academy is to promote research of allergic diseases and other related diseases of animals and to disseminate information concerning this research.

Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

The Academy of Veterinary Dentistry was formed to recognize those individuals who dedicate a significant part of their professional activities to the practice of, instruction of, or research in Veterinary Dentistry. The Academy is dedicated to the continued improvement of practice standards and knowledge in Veterinary Dentistry.

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy

Founded in 1995, the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy is comprised of veterinarians who share the common desire to restore true health to their patients through the use of homeopathic treatment. Members of the Academy are dedicated to understanding and preserving the principles of Classical Homeopathy.

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

The AAVA's mission is to improve animal health care by the advancement of veterinary acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Traditional Asian Medicine through education, research and leadership.

American Academy of Veterinary Informatics

AVI was formed to expand the use of the computer as a tool in veterinary medicine. This includes serving as an educational resource, promoting the use of information technology and electronic communications, and developing and promoting standards in veterinary information management.

American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition

The AAVN is an international association of veterinarians and animal scientists with a common interest in animal nutrition as it relates to animal health.

American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The purpose of the AAVPT is promotion of the science of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics.

American Academy on Veterinary Disaster Medicine

The American Academy on Veterinary Disaster Medicine, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing a forum for the sharing of factual information on natural and man-made disasters that threaten the well-being of animals and the environment.

American Animal Hospital Association

AAHA is an international association of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3200 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program.

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals. Since 1950, the AALAS has been dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and the quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals.

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

The AABP is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity.

American Association of Equine Practitioners

The AAEP's mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry.

American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians

The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT) is a sister organization to the AAEP and is a separate professional non-profit organization. Membership in the AAEVT is open to all veterinary technicians, assistants, and support staff with an equine interest AND those employed in the veterinary health care industry worldwide. Student membership is available for those currently enrolled in an AVMA/CVMA accredited program of veterinary technology. The AAEVT offers equine oriented CE courses focusing on all aspects of equine practice.

American Association of Feline Practitioners

The AAFP is for practitioners striving for excellence in feline medicine and surgery.

American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians

The American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians provides education, resources, and support to enhance the ability of veterinarians to create a positive and ethical relationship between people, animals, and their environment.

American Association of Public Health Veterinarians

The mission of the Association is to promote the science and art of public health, epidemiology, and preventive medicine by providing an expert forum for the discussion of public health issues of importance to the veterinary profession and the development of professional recommendations and public health resolutions.

American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners

The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) was founded in 1968 to further the programs and studies of those working with small ruminants – sheep, goats, camelids, elk, deer and other related species.

American Association of Swine Practitioners

The AASP has approximately 1,300 members involved in practice, industry and academia in more than 40 countries.

American Association of Veterinary Anatomists

The AAVA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of veterinary anatomical science.

American Association of Veterinary Immunologists

The American Association of Veterinary Immunologists is dedicated to the development, promotion, and dissemination of knowledge in veterinary immunology. This includes immunology of livestock and poultry, companion animals, fish and marine mammals.

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges coordinates the affairs of the 28 U.S. Veterinary Medical Colleges, four Canadian Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Departments of Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine, animal medical centers, and three international veterinary schools.

American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

AAVP is a scientific and educational organization with approximately 450 members. Members of AAVP are teachers, students, scientists, veterinarians and others interested in parasites of companion, food-producing, and other domesticated animals and wildlife, some of which are transmissible to humans.

American Association of Veterinary State Boards

AAVSB is the single entity that reports national examination scores to the jurisdiction(s) where a veterinarian desires to be licensed. AAVSB is permitted to report these scores to the veterinary boards only; no other parties can receive scores. AAVSB membership includes 57 jurisdictions. It also serves as a resource to the public for information about veterinary medical regulation.

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

The AAWV was formed to enhance the contribution of veterinary medicine to the welfare of the wildlife resource.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

The mission of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians is to optimize the health, welfare, and conservation of wildlife through education, scientific study, collaboration and advocacy.

American Boarding Kennel Association

ABKA is the non-profit trade association for the pet boarding industry in the United States and around the world. ABKA members offer a variety of services including pet boarding, grooming, training, transportation, shipping, pet supplies, day care and food sales.

American Canine Sports Medicine Association

The ACSMA is an association of veterinarians, physical therapists, trainers, and other professionals devoted to addressing the medical and surgical problems encountered in the canine athlete and the working breeds. Their expertise addresses virtually all conditions that affect a variety of sporting breed dogs.

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine is an organization of board certified veterinary medical specialists who are experts in the humane, proper and safe care and use of laboratory animals.

American College of Veterinary Pathologists

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists is an international organization for those specializing in veterinary and comparative pathology. The College was incorporated in 1949 to further scientific progress in veterinary pathology; to establish standards of training, experience, and examinations for qualification as specialists in veterinary pathology; and to further the recognition of such qualified specialists by certification and other means.

American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

The American College of Veterinary Pharmacists was established to support the efforts of independent pharmacists to develop and strengthen services they provide to veterinarians – assisting them in meeting the needs of their patients. The college provides educational materials and programs, serves as an information resource and provides networking opportunities and specialty services.

American College of Veterinary Theriogenologists

The Society for Theriogenology is an organization of veterinarians dedicated to animal reproduction, whose mission is to promote standards of excellence in reproductive medicine, to provide outreach and education to veterinarians, and to foster continual improvements in theriogenology.

American Heartworm Society

The AHS mission is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of heartworm disease.

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association explores and supports alternative and complementary approaches to veterinary healthcare, and is dedicated to integrating all aspects of animal wellness in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

American Humane Association

American Humane Association's mission as a network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.

American Pet Products Manufacturers Association

American Pet Products Manufacturers Association is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving pet product manufacturers and importers. Founded in 1958, APPMA's membership has grown to nearly 700 pet product manufacturers and importers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.

American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association

American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association is a college-level national chapter organization dedicated to promote and stimulate interest in the field of veterinary medicine and provide its member clubs with sources of information regarding sister clubs and the field of veterinary medicine.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ mission is to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty, and alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals.

American Society of Animal Science

American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization for animal scientists designed to help members provide effective leadership through research, extension, teaching and service for the dynamic and rapidly changing livestock and meat industries.

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners

American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners promotes the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, ideas, and information among veterinarians and veterinary students having an interest in laboratory animal practice. The Society does so for the benefit of laboratory animals, other animals, and society in general.

American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology

American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology provides an opportunity for veterinarians to carry on advanced studies by the dissemination of new information in ophthalmology and encourages ophthalmologic training in veterinary colleges.

American Veterinary Chiropractic Association

American Veterinary Chiropractic Association is a professional membership group promoting animal chiropractic to professionals and the public, and acting as the certifying agency for doctors who have undergone post-graduate animal chiropractic training.

American Veterinary Dental Society

The American Veterinary Dental Society was founded in 1976 for the purpose of creating a forum for advancing the knowledge, education, and awareness of veterinary dentistry among veterinarians, students, and the public.

American Veterinary Exhibitors' Association

The American Veterinary Exhibitors' Association's mission is to improve the effectiveness of all conventions, meetings, and exhibitions for the veterinary industry.

American Veterinary Medical Association

The American Veterinary Medical Association established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 80,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.

American Veterinary Medical Foundation

AVMF is the charitable arm of the AVMA, dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians help animals. Initiatives include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Research Support, Student Enhancement, and Support of American Veterinary Medical Association and its Initiatives. The AVMF, a two-time, four-star rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator, has awarded more than $50 million in grants since it began in 1963.

American Veterinary Medical Law Association

A national association of attorneys, veterinarians, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in veterinary medical law and how it pertains to the veterinary profession and allied fields.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

AVSAB's mission is to promote the understanding of applied animal behavior through collaborative, scientific efforts that foster compassionate and respectful interactions with animals.

Animal Health Institute

Animal Health Institute is the U.S. trade association that represents manufacturers of animal health care products – the pharmaceuticals, vaccines and feed additives used to produce a safe supply of meat, milk, poultry and eggs, and the veterinary medicines that help pets live longer, healthier lives.

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care -

AAALAC is a private nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program.

Association for Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The Association for Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics was founded in 1976 to foster interest in and disseminate knowledge of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics.

Association for Women Veterinarians

AWV advocates for women and promotes leadership in the veterinary profession.

Association of Avian Veterinarians

The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

AEMV was established in 2000 by veterinarians interested in advancing the veterinary care of ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, and other exotic companion mammals.

Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians

Association of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians is a non-profit international organization of veterinarians and herpetologists founded in 1991. Their goal is to improve reptilian and amphibian veterinary care and husbandry through education, exchange of ideas and research. The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) promotes conservation and humane treatment of all reptilian and amphibian species through education, captive breeding and reptilian and amphibian habitat preservation.

Association of Shelter Veterinarians

Incorporated in January 2002, this association membership includes over 300 veterinarians, students and shelter employees and seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of animals in shelters through the advancement of shelter medicine.

Association of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine

AVHTM is an organization dedicated to scientific advancement and education in veterinary hematology and transfusion medicine. Their website includes links to veterinary blood banks, and to organizations related to transfusion medicine.

Association of Veterinary Technician Educators

The mission of AVTE is to promote quality education in veterinary technology.

Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians

The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians is dedicated to all aspects of quality veterinary care in the field of zoo animal medicine. Their commitment is:  To promote and improve professional standards among zoo veterinary technicians; to maintain a cooperative working relationship with other zoo professionals; to provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of information, challenges, and methodology encountered in the field of zoo veterinary technology through a quarterly newsletter and annual conferences; to encourage the recognition of the importance of the veterinary technician’s role in zoo veterinary medicine, scientific study, and conservation; to educate the public, increasing the appreciation of the bond between human beings and all life on earth.

CATalyst Council
The CATalyst Council is the outcome of two grassroots efforts – Re-Branding Felix and the CATalyst Summit. Following these two meetings, CATalyst Council, a non-profit entity, was created that includes three distinct groups: Veterinary Medicine, Shelter/Animal Welfare, and related Industry entities such as Foundations and Cat Fanciers, the Media, and commercial companies. By virtue of the open and inclusive structure of the board, these bodies are able to represent a broad range of diverse stakeholders in feline healthcare and welfare. Many of these stakeholders participated in the CATalyst Summit. Working together the Council intends to make a difference in the way the United States sees and experiences cats.

Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs.

International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine

The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine is an organization of individuals who are professionally interested in and devote a significant amount of time to the practice of aquatic animal medicine, teaching and research in aquatic animal medicine, or the husbandry and management of aquatic animals.

International Renal Interest Society

The IRIS site, sponsored by Novartis, was created to help veterinary practitioners better diagnose, understand, and treat renal disease in cats and dogs.

International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association

ISDVMA actively promotes and encourages the welfare of the sled dog athlete.

International Union of Veterinary Cyclists

The International Union of Veterinary Cyclists was founded to bring veterinary professionals together in beautiful cycling destinations for some world-class continuing education.

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

IVAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture as an integral part of the total veterinary health care delivery system. The Society endeavors to establish uniformly high standards of veterinary acupuncture practice through its educational programs and accreditation examination and process. IVAS seeks to integrate veterinary acupuncture and the practice of western veterinary science, while also noting that the science of veterinary acupuncture does not overlook related treatment modalities.

International Veterinary Information Service

A not-for-profit organization established to provide up-to-date, clinically relevant information to veterinarians, veterinary students, and animal health professionals world wide.

Journal of the American Veterinary Association

Published twice monthly, this peer-reviewed, general scientific journal provides reports of clinical research, feature articles, and regular columns of interest to veterinarians in private and public practice.

National Animal Poison Control Center

National resource for any animal poison-related emergency, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 888-426-4435.

National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

The NBVME provides standardized examinations for use by state and provincial licensing boards as part of their licensure procedure for veterinarians.

National Mastitis Council

The NMC is a not-for-profit professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. The NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry relative to udder health, milking management, and milk quality.

North American Veterinary College Administrators

The NAVCA Conference takes place at a different Veterinary College every year. Representatives meet to share information and communicate on various aspects of College, Hospital, and Business Office management. They represent 31 Veterinary Colleges and Schools in the North America.

North American Veterinary Community

North American Veterinary Technicians Association

The mission of NAVTA is to represent and promote the profession of veterinary technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members and works with other allied professional organizations for the competent care and humane treatment of animals.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

The mission of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is to collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals; to advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases; to encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals; to receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.

Professional Pet Groomers and Stylists

Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine

The Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is the advancement of tropical veterinary medicine, hygiene and related disciplines. The activities of the Society focus scientific interest on strategies to deal with established and changing patterns of diseases affecting animals in the tropics.

Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics

The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics was founded in 1994 by a group of veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and academics to promote discussion and debate about ethical issues arising in and relevant to veterinary practice.

Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists

The purpose of the Society is the furtherance of interests and promotion of education for veterinary hospital pharmacy.

Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

The primary objective of National SVECCS is to advance the specialty area of veterinary medicine and increase the competence of those who practice in this field by establishing requirements for certification in the field, encouraging continuing professional education, promoting research, and enhancing the dissemination of new knowledge of veterinary medicine through didactic teaching and postgraduate programs.

United States Animal Health Association

USAHA, the nation's animal health forum for over a century, is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. Its members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members. USAHA works with state and federal governments, universities, veterinarians, livestock producers, national livestock and poultry organizations, research scientists, the extension service and several foreign countries to control livestock diseases in the United States.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), and veterinary products.

Veterinary Cancer Society

VCS was formed in 1976 by veterinarians who wanted to establish a professional organization dedicated to veterinary oncology. VCS is a non-profit organization with over 800 members including specialists in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, internists, pathologists, pharmacologists and general practitioners worldwide.

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society

The Objective of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society is to raise the level of patient care for seriously ill or injured animals through quality education and communication programs.

Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

The mission of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association is to enhance and serve professionals in veterinary management through superior education, certification, and networking.

Veterinary Information Network

The Veterinary Information Network, founded in 1990 by veterinarians Dr. Duncan Ferguson and Dr. Paul D. Pion, is the first and largest online service for veterinary professionals. It can be defined as a multi-specialist veterinary facility, with boarded consultants and a fully-staffed library / trained librarians.

Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice

The mission of VSIPP is to provide veterinary specialists in private practice a forum for networking, motivation and communication that will result in a better understanding of the challenges they face in large group practices while serving the human-animal bond.

Veterinary Wound Management Society

The Veterinary Wound Management Society's mission is to advance the art and science of animal wound management thus promoting excellence in the field.

Wildlife Disease Association

Founded in 1951, the WDA is an international, nonprofit organization with members actively engaged in research, teaching, and service activities related to wildlife.

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

Each year an Annual WSAVA World Congress is held in a different part of the world, hosted by a member association under the auspices of WSAVA. The Congress attracts large numbers of vets and veterinary nurses/technicians from many countries. They are able to learn from top international speakers on all aspects of small animal practice. Proceedings from the Congress are available to veterinary schools, libraries and individuals, and provide a valuable source of the most up to date knowledge.

World Veterinary Association

Founded in 1863, the World Veterinary Association works closely with the International Office of Epizootics (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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