American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association was founded by seven leaders of the veterinary profession in 1933. From its inception, AAHA focused on promoting high-quality standards for the rapidly evolving sector of small animal private practice through accreditation and other initiatives. The 1960s saw the establishment of an organization staff and normalization of many of the policies and processes of AAHA. The first paid practice consultants were hired, and AAHA grew into a more professionally managed organization. The purpose of the American Animal Hospital Association* is to enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals, enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence, and meet the public's needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine.

American Association of Feline Practioners

The American Association of Feline Practitioners improves the health and well-being of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and scientific investigation. The organization's objectives include: 1) To endeavor to do all things necessary to promote the interests, to improve the public stature and to increase the knowledge of veterinarians in the field of feline medicine and surgery. 2) To evaluate the standards of feline medicine and surgery. 3) To encourage and promote feline research. 4) To promote understanding and good will among its members. 5) To cooperate with veterinary and cat organizations.

American Veterinary Medical Association

The AVMA, established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 75,000 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. The objective of the Association is to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture. The Association provides a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to the veterinary profession, and for the development of official positions. The Association is the authorized voice for the profession in presenting its views to government, academia, agriculture, pet owners, the media, and other concerned publics.

Association of Avian Veterinarians

The Association of Avian Veterinarians was established in 1980. The Association membership is comprised of veterinarians from private practice, zoos, universities and industry, as well as allied personnel and students. Prior to 1987, Associate membership was open to all individuals with an interest in avian medicine. All Associate members, keeping their membership current, have been allowed to continue their membership in the Association. The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, surgery, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

California Veterinary Medical Association

Founded in 1888, the CVMA was the first veterinary association west of the Mississippi River. Its leaders were among the pioneers of modern veterinary medicine and were instrumental in the establishment of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. The California Veterinary Medical Association is committed to serving our membership and community through innovative leadership and to improving animal and human health in an ethically and socially responsible manner.


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