Veterinary Groups Issue Joint Statements

We are living in a global society, where issues related to animal and human health know no boundaries and impact us all, regardless of where we live. Global efforts are needed, now more than ever, to help ensure the health, safety and welfare of both animals and people. 

As part of these efforts, we are proud to announce that the AVMA and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) have reached an unprecedented level of collaboration in approving three joint statements detailing our collective stances on some of the most critical issues facing veterinary medicine. 

Representatives from the AVMA and the FVE – two of the largest veterinary associations in the world – collaborated on the development of the statements, and the respective boards for each group approved their content and implementation. The statements pertain to veterinary medical education, the responsible and judicious use of antimicrobial drugs, and the roles of veterinarians in promoting good animal welfare

These joint statements – and most importantly the spirit of cooperation behind them – will serve veterinarians in the U.S. and Europe as we strive to protect and enhance global health.

7 thoughts on “Veterinary Groups Issue Joint Statements

  1. @Dr. Patrick Redig
    Pat, you are absolutely right, and if you review the AVMA’S updated Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 under About AVMA, you will see that 1) Strengthen the Economics of the Veterinary Medical Profession and 2) Catalyze the Transformation of Veterinary Medical Education are two of our five critical issues. In fact, the AVMA has since taken deliberate action to address Economics. For more specific information on those actions, go to With the recent publication of the Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education for the 21st Century (at under the direction of the North American Veterinary Educational Consortium, we hope to work with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges in prioritizing the recommendations for implementation. As you stated, veterinary medical education is an integral part of the economic issue and must be part of the comprehensive look at how to improve it.

  2. In addition to these essential if not lofty precepts for veterinary education, it may be worthwhile to address economics of veterinary education in such a statment – point # 13 perhaps. At a time when students are graduating with crushing loan burdens, and many are having difficulty finding employment that pays well enough to cover their loans as well as recognize the knowledge and expertise they have acquired, and there are declining pools of applicants for veterinary medicine, due in part to the poor perceived economics, it is incumbent on the profession as a whole to recognize the econmics as part of the education paradigm and develops means to effectively address it – for the sake of the students and the future of the profession.

  3. The AVMA has had numerous initiatives related to the judicious use of antimicrobials in all species, including food animals. The AVMA supports greater veterinary oversight of antimicrobials important in human medicine and has taken the initiative to work with FDA to explore ways forward in the best interest of food safety, animal health and welfare, and human health. Zactran is approved as a prescription only veterinary product indicating that “Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.” If the laws pertaining to dispensing of prescription products in your state are not being adhered to, please contact your state pharmacy board for further information or assistance.@Don Cobb DVM

  4. The new cattle respiratory antibiotic Zactran is not available to veterinarians presently,however our local animal health supplier/feed store has this in stock available to all producers.With the idea that any and all antibiotics and pharmaceuticals have become available on an otc or mail order basis how can we as a profession have any input on judicious and proper use of drugs in food animals?The reality is we have been eliminated in most part on preventative medicine,drug use and are viewed as necessary only for regulatory and emergency procedures.

  5. While these statements are commendable, this whole notion of Veterinarians being safe and judicious with antimicrobials misses the elephant in the room- which is HUMAN use of antimicrobials.

    I have been, for example, to both Thailand and Mexico, where one can simply walk in to a pharmacy, buy almost any antibiotic you want without a prescription and use it however you like. And, of course, these are humans taking these antimicrobials, so resistance to these antibiotics is being developed by the very species they are intended to help.
    HUMAN medicine needs to get its house in order first.

  6. @Adam Langer
    Adam, thank you for your comment and your interest in this area. As you can imagine, the AVMA is continually commenting to the media, writing letters to government agencies on proposed regulations, responding to other organizations, etc., on issues of relevance to veterinary medicine. Anytime we make such comments, write letters, etc., what we say is based on existing AVMA policy – and is consistent with such policy. That was the situation with these joint statements we published with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe. The starting point was existing AVMA policy. As we worked through draft revisions with our European colleagues, we made sure that we stayed true to those AVMA policies. It simply would not be realistic for us to solicit member comments every time we go public with various statements. As you may know, we are working towards a process to allow for general membership input/comment on policies that are being developed or revised. We started with animal welfare policies and hope to expand that to other policy areas soon. In the meantime, the membership does have input through their Executive Board representative, Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates, or by simply contacting AVMA staff.

  7. It is commendable that the AVMA is seeking to build consensus with international partners. However, these policy statements cover three important areas where AVMA members have diverse opinions that are not always well represented in the AVMA’s current governance structure. The Executive Board should refrain from approving major policy statements without first publishing the proposed statements to the AVMA membership at large for comment. An example of this process would be the required public comment period before the federal government adopts any regulation. As a member of an AVMA council, it makes me uncomfortable that we can be recommending major policy statements to the Executive Board (and the board might approve them) without giving the general membership an opportunity to comment.