Policy and positions

The AVA maintains relationships with national, state and local levels of government, and provides advice on all aspects of animal health and welfare policy.

Members feel strongly about issues being debated in public forums, and the association actively campaigns for change on a range of animal health and welfare issues. We comment publicly on topics being discussed in the media, or being considered by parliaments and regulators. Our work in this area is outlined in the advocacy section. The largest advocacy programs are for the five strategic priorities that address our members' most important concerns for their long term future.

The AVA also helps members to communicate association policies to their local governments, members of parliament, and the media.

The AVA Policy Advisory Council includes a representative from every AVA division and special interest group. It develops a range of national policies and position statements after extensive consultation with members. These are approved by the Board before becoming official policies or positions of the association.

The public can view all policies and position statements along with background information. Members can access the complete Policy Compendium that includes additional veterinary guidelines.

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