In response to AVMA members’ requests, the deadline for comments on the draft of the 2011 update to the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia has been extended to September 1st.
AVMA members may submit comments through the AVMA website. As part of the comment process, AVMA members may indicate whether they are commenting on behalf of themselves or on behalf of an organization. AVMA members commenting are asked to support their recommendations for revision with specific verbiage and supporting references from the scientific literature or verifiable data.
Because the draft is lengthy, it has been posted for comments in three parts, and all three parts are presently available for review online.
Part 1: Preface and General Considerations (posted on June 15)
Part 2: Methods of Euthansia (posted on July 1)
Part 3: Agents and Methods of Euthanasia By Species and Environment (posted on July 15)
Consistent with the long-held philosophy of the document (i.e., “While the Guidelines may be interpreted and understood by a broad segment of the general population a veterinarian should be consulted in their application.”), organizations or individual non-veterinarians wishing to submit comments on the document should identify an AVMA member veterinarian to assist them in conveying their thoughts.
This is the first in a series of three reports and its recommendations are limited to discerning which proposed killing methods meet the Panel’s criteria for euthanasia. Recommendations for depopulation and humane slaughter will be addressed in separate documents at a later date.
Thank you in advance for your careful review of the document. We look forward to receiving your input!