Animal welfare societies


Ratification Date: 01 Jan 2017


The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) encourages liaison and involvement of AVA members with local animal welfare societies. This is in the best interests of the AVA, the veterinary profession, the societies involved and the animals that the welfare societies have been established to assist.


The AVA contributes to animal welfare in the community at the policy and strategic levels, as well as at practice level. Practices treat injured strays and wildlife pro bono for ethical reasons. The AVA also works with animal welfare societies at the shelter level and in strategic alliances to press for legislation that supports animal welfare. As well, the AVA provides input into policy, including through participation in the former Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, and current national Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines development process.

Date of ratification by AVA Board 1 January 1997.  Technical update March 2023.