The American Veterinary Medical Association has launched an exciting new feature for veterinarians and the public.  The AVMA’s new Animal Welfare Hub provides a one-stop resource for any person seeking information on animal welfare policies, guidelines, or other animal welfare – related topic.

Animal lovers everywhere hold the responsibility of providing and advocating for the needs of our companion animals.  One of the most important aspects of this responsibility is education.  It also requires a great deal of attention to the mental and physical well-being of our pets and wildlife.  To that end, the veterinary profession has taken the opportunity to share this wealth of information.

There are currently two AVMA entities working toward the overall objectives of this project:  the Animal Welfare Committee and the Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions.  In addition to these two standing committees, the AVMA has a number of other tasks forces and planning groups that are constantly working toward improving animal welfare.

By visiting the AVMA website, you can sign up for their quarterly animal welfare newsletter and read about ongoing projects and existing policies.  If animal welfare is something that you’d like to learn more about, you should absolutely check out the resources they have provided on their site (after you’re finished enjoying all of these super happy animal photos).

Here are some resources for our aspiring animal welfare activists (click to learn more):

The American Veterinary Medical Association – Animal Welfare: Responsibility and Opportunity

The Animal Welfare Institute

The United States Department of Agriculture – Information on Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Approved

International Fund for Animal Welfare

There are countless other animal welfare organizations on the international, national, state, and local levels.  If you’re interested to learn how you can make an impact, speak with one of your local organizations.  They will point you in the right direction!