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Jan 22, 2016, 10:24 ET

Veterinary tips for keeping pets safe in sub-zero weather and snowstorms

 Although your furry friend may have a nice fur coat, it doesn't mean that dogs and cats are not susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia....

Dec 15, 2015, 12:10 ET

Santa's veterinarian clears reindeer for Christmas flight

Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa's veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph's red nose and the rest of the reindeer...

Oct 02, 2015, 10:18 ET
Hurricane Joaquin threatens to bring severe weather to the U.S. East Coast. The AVMA is urging residents to include pets and other animals in their disaster preparedness and evacuation plans. Photo courtesy: NOAA

Don't forget about pets when preparing for hurricane

With Hurricane Joaquin threatening East Coast residents with heavy rains and dangerous flooding, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)...

Sep 09, 2015, 15:27 ET

AVMA supports U.S. surgeon general's call to action on walking and walkable communities

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today joins U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and his office in their efforts to promote walking...

Aug 11, 2015, 13:39 ET

Microchipping pets leads to many happy returns

Many of the heartwarming stories of pets being reunited with their families after many years and miles apart would not be possible if the pets...

Jun 03, 2015, 10:31 ET
Speaking at a White House forum on June 2, American Veterinary Medical Association CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven shared several commitments the AVMA planned to make to meet the federal government's recommendations on combating antibiotic resistance.

AVMA CEO Shares Veterinary Commitments On Antibiotic Resistance At White House Event

After participating in a White House forum on antibiotic resistance yesterday, Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association...

Jun 02, 2015, 13:05 ET
American Veterinary Medical Association CEO Dr. Ron De Haven says the AVMA's early and ongoing collaboration with the FDA has helped ensure that the final Veterinary Feed Directive rule, released today, is practical and in the best interests of animal health, public health and the veterinary profession.

AVMA welcomes release of federal rule focused on the judicious use of antibiotics in food animals

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its release of the Veterinary...

May 22, 2015, 19:07 ET
A recent National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition survey distributed by State Farm Insurance and Prevent the Bite asked children age 5-9 questions about dog behavior. The results pointed to a number of common misunderstandings that can lead to dog bites. The need for early education on safely interacting with dogs is significant. For information on the Coalition and to learn how to read what a dog is telling you and how to treat dogs with respect, visit

Early lessons in respect and understanding dog cues, essential to keeping children safe and bite free

Dog owners are urged to take a minute this holiday weekend to take steps to limit the risk of dog bites, particularly among children. National Dog...

May 01, 2015, 20:52 ET

Your pet and your vet: Thank them both during National Pet Week

Pets provide us with love, joy, comfort and companionship. To celebrate our pets during National Pet Week (May 3-9), the American Veterinary...

Apr 20, 2015, 16:32 ET

AVMA Judicial Council to review complaints against Texas veterinarian accused of killing cat with bow and arrow

 On Friday, April 17, the image of a veterinarian posing with a cat she claimed to have shot with a bow and arrow quickly went viral and led to...

Apr 17, 2015, 17:50 ET
AVMA President, Dr. Ted Cohn discusses why cats don't go to the vet on Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. airing on the  Discovery Channel Monday, April 20, at 7:30 a.m. EST/PST and 6:30 a.m. CST.

Colorado veterinarian and AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn included in upcoming episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr.

Monday's episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. airing on the Discovery Channel will explore feline behavior, the value of veterinary care...

Feb 18, 2015, 08:19 ET

AVMA: Anti-vaccination movement a risk to pet health

The anti-vaccination movement not only threatens human health—as shown in the recent U.S. measles outbreak—but, according to the...

Feb 04, 2015, 11:57 ET
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets, with most dogs and cats showing some evidence of periodontal disease by the age of three.

AVMA: "Doggie breath" could be a sign of serious disease

Does your sweet pet have sour breath? That odor coming from your pet's mouth could be more than a nuisance; it could signify a serious health risk...

Jan 06, 2015, 13:46 ET

Once bitten: Study may give hope to pets with out-of-date rabies vaccine that are exposed to virus

A tragic decision was forced on a loving dog owner when her pet was bitten by a rabid skunk. Because the dog was only days overdue for its rabies...

Dec 12, 2014, 11:31 ET

Santa's veterinarian gives reindeer green light for Christmas flight

Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa's veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph's red nose and the rest of the reindeer...

Dec 08, 2014, 12:47 ET

Want to reduce dog bites? Don't focus on the breed, says the AVMA

Across the country, some communities have attempted to reduce the incidence of dog bites by enacting breed-specific legislation that bans the...

Nov 12, 2014, 12:17 ET
Photo Credit: U.S. DoD, Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall, Jr.

Guidance issued to help states handle Ebola exposure in pets

Following weeks of collaborating with public health agencies and experts from around the country, The American Veterinary Medical Association...

Nov 05, 2014, 10:00 ET

Public Universities & Veterinary Medical Colleges Groups Announce Creation of Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture

 The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) today...

Oct 21, 2014, 12:35 ET
Pets--like people--can experience arthritis as they age and their cartilage breaks down, says veterinarian Tony Kremer.

Arthritis in pets can be painful, but it's also manageable

It's normal for our dogs and cats to slow down a bit as they age. But when they begin having difficulty walking or even lowering their heads to...

Oct 17, 2014, 14:27 ET

Ebola and pets: What are the risks?

Can pets get sick from Ebola? Can they pass the virus to us? What should happen to the pets of infected people? These questions came to the...