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Veterinary Organizations

Veterinary Organizations & Associations

American Veterinary Medical Association


Mission and objectives
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 80,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)


Mission and objectives
The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science is a  nonprofit membership association dedicated to the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals. Since 1950, the AALAS has been dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and the quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals.

Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians


Missions and objectives
The Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT) is dedicated to all aspects of quality veterinary care in the field of zoo animal medicine. Our commitment is: To promote and improve professional standards among zoo veterinary technicians; to maintain a cooperative working relationship with other zoo professionals; to provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of information, challenges, and methodology encountered in the field of zoo veterinary technology through a quarterly newsletter and annual conferences; to encourage the recognition of the importance of the veterinary technician’s role in zoo veterinary medicine, scientific study, and conservation; to educate the public, increasing the appreciation of the bond between human beings and all life on earth.


Veterinary Technician Career Profile
Veterinary technicians assist Veterinarians in their clinical and administrative work.  As such, veterinary technicians or “vet techs” perform many of the basic duties associated with primary care for animals and pets.  Any given work day might include tasks such as administering and processing tests, speaking with animal owners, completing charts and other medical records, preparing samples, and both diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
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Veterinarian Career Profile
Veterinarians, of course, treat your family pet when it gets sick or injured. However, as professionals, they do a lot more than that. Some veterinarians work on farms, caring for livestock and preventing disease. Others work at zoos, circuses, and other attractions. Still other veterinarians work in laboratories researching various animal medical conditions and treatments. Some research veterinarians also participate in work that is controversial; many medical treatments are first tested on live animal subjects.
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Degree and Program Information for a Veterinary Technology Career
Most entry-level technicians hold an associate degree in veterinary technology.  These can typically be earned after two years of full-time study, but most need to be completed on a traditional campus because of the laboratory and clinical classes, many of which use live animals. Read more . . .

Degree and Program Information for a Veterinarian Career
Like medical students, veterinarians are expected to complete a set of prerequisite courses as part of their undergraduate education. Like pre-med coursework, pre-veterinary coursework involves and emphasis on biology, anatomy, chemistry, zoology, and other courses related to veterinary science. Read more . . .

Interview with a Veterinary Technician
Are you interested in a veterinary technician career? Check out this interview with a veterinary technician. Read more . . .

  • Mungujakisa Cyrus Agay

    I am a practicing veterinarian and i just wanted to know how one can join such a n association.
    I am working in West Nile region in Uganda with Uganda Virus Research Institute/ CDC-Plague project.
    Thank you.

  • myFootpath Advisor

    The best way to get started would be to contact the American Veterinary Medical Association directly, and find out what you need to do. It may depend partially on where you went to school (in the U.S. or abroad), and what your credentials are. Since you are overseas, they may also be able to direct you to veterinary associations in your area.
    You can contact the AVMA at 1-800-248-2862. You can also click here for more information on becoming an AVMA member.