Dr. Gail Golab

Dr. Gail C. Golab is director of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Division and the first U.S. veterinarian ever to be credentialed in animal welfare.

Dr. Golab has a long history of commitment to ensuring the welfare of animals, starting as an undergraduate student engaged in biomedical research, when she served on a predecessor to today's institutional animal care and use committees, which protect the welfare of laboratory animals. As a graduate student at Texas A&M University, she co-founded a student chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in order to provide education directed at reducing the number of students relinquishing pets at the end of semesters. After graduation from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, she provided medical and surgical services, and assisted with policy development, for local humane societies. She serves on several scientific advisory committees developing guidelines and standards for the care of animals used for agricultural purposes.

Dr. Golab earned her membership level credential in the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists' (ACVSc) Animal Welfare Chapter in 2008. Australia is the only country that offers an animal welfare certification for veterinarians.

A longtime AVMA staff member, Dr. Golab worked for several years in private practice before joining the association as a scientific editor for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Journal of Veterinary Research. She moved to the AVMA Division of Education and Research as an assistant director in 1998 and became an assistant director in the Communications Division in 2001. She moved to the newly created Animal Welfare Division as associate director in 2006 and was named Animal Welfare Division director in 2007.

AVMA invites submission of abstracts for animal welfare symposium

The AVMA invites you to submit abstracts for its 2014 AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium. Humane Endings: In Search of Best Practices for Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and the Depopulation of Animals will be held Nov. 2-5, 2014, in suburban Chicago. While … read more >

You’re Invited! An Intraprofessional Conversation About Animal Welfare

Americans, and others around the world, are paying more attention to animals’ welfare. You’ve seen the media coverage and controversies about “puppy mills” and livestock handling practices, and you’ve probably overheard or even participated in conversations about welfare issues. As … read more >

2013 Edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals Published

Good news! The long-awaited 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals has been published and it, together with an Executive Summary, can be accessed as a .pdf on the AVMA website. An e-reader-friendly version will be … read more >