The long-awaited 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals is now available and it, along with an executive summary, can be accessed on the AVMA website. Originally published in 1963 and updated at least once every 10 years, the guidelines are designed for use by veterinarians who carry out or oversee the euthanasia of animals. More than three years of intense work and deliberation by more than 60 experts resulted in the commentary and recommendations contained in the 2013 edition.
If you’d like a preview of the guidelines, check out the latest blog post from Dr. Gail Golab, the AVMA’s director of animal welfare. Dr. Golab also writes about the debate centered on the use of gas chambers for euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats in animal shelters. You can also read more about the guidelines in a recent JAVMA article.