The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is the world’s largest professional association of equine veterinarians. The AAEP’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is a professional organization of veterinarians who share an interest in providing excellence in the care and treatment of cats. The AAFP seeks to raise the standards of feline medicine and surgery among practitioners by sharing knowledge, rewarding advancement in research, sponsoring continuing education, supporting American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) certification in the Feline Practice category, and encouraging veterinary student interest in feline practice.
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ core purpose is to increase the knowledge of swine veterinarians by promoting the development and availability of the resources that enhance the effectiveness of professional activities, creating opportunities that inspire personal and professional growth, advocating science-based approaches to industry issues, encouraging personal and professional interaction, mentoring students, and encouraging lifelong careers as swine veterinarians.
The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) is comprised of board-certified veterinary medical specialists who are experts in the humane, proper and safe care and use of laboratory animals. ACLAM establishes standards of education, training, experience and expertise necessary to become qualified as a specialist and recognizes that achievement through board certification.
The American College of Poultry Veterinarians’ mission is to further educational and scientific progress in the field of poultry veterinary medicine, to promote the development of poultry veterinary medicine as a science, to improve and strengthen the instruction in poultry veterinary medicine, to establish publication, testing and continuing education requirements for the certification of poultry veterinarians to enhance the quality of poultry veterinary medicine and to provide an incentive for research, publication, improvement of residency and other educational programs, and continuing education in the field of poultry veterinary medicine, and to provide guidance on the quality of and desirable levels of pre- and post-professional training, experience and continuing education for potential and current students and specialists in poultry veterinary medicine.
The Animal Health Institute represents manufacturers of animal care products used to produce a safe supply of meat, milk, poultry and eggs, as well as the veterinary medicines that helps pets live longer, healthier lives.
The American Veterinary Medical Association’s core purpose is to improve animal and human health and to advance the veterinary medical profession. Its objective is to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture. The AVMA provides a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to the veterinary profession, and for the development of official positions. The AVMA is the authorized voice for the veterinary profession in presenting its views to government, academia, agriculture, pet owners, the media, and other concerned publics.
The AVMA has launched the Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Website to serve as a food-supply “clearinghouse” to address, and to work to solve, the shortage of food-supply veterinarians in the U.S. Industry organizations, as well as colleges of veterinary medicine and state associations can promote training and externship opportunities for students, have the opportunity to mentor students on food supply medicine, and to learn what other organizations and state partnerships have available to recruit students and veterinarians into food-supply veterinary medicine.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s core purpose is to advance the care of animals through disaster preparedness and response. Established in 1963, the AVMF’s successes are directly connected to the donations it receives.
The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) promotes the human treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. More than 670 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 25 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation and demonstrated their commitment to responsible animal care and use.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials provides a mechanism for developing and implementing uniform and equitable laws, regulations, standards, and enforcement policies for regulating the manufacture, distribution, and sale of animal fees; resulting in safe, effective, and useful feeds. The AAFCO promotes new ideas and innovative procedures and urges their adopting by member agencies, for uniformity.
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is the voice of its member institutions in dealing with governmental bodies, veterinary medical organizations, the animal and human health industry, educational and scientific organizations, and the public. It actively promotes the priority areas of academic veterinary medicine, which includes increasing human resources, infrastructure support and research funding, providing adequate financial support for students and the overall diversification of the veterinary medical profession.
The International Federation for Animal Health is the international federation representing manufacturers of veterinary medicines, vaccines, and other animal health products in both developed and developing countries across five continents. Its goal is to promote harmonized, science-based regulatory and trade framework, and marketplace environment that supports an animal health industry that is economically viable and innovation driven, contributing to a health and safe food supply, as well as a high level of animal health and welfare.
The National Pork Producers Council conducts public policy outreach on behalf of its 44 affiliated state association members – enhancing opportunities for the success of U.S. pork producers and other industry stakeholders by establishing the U.S. pork industry as a consistent and responsible supplier of high quality pork to the domestic and world market. As the pork industry changes in scope and complexity, the challenge to pork producers is to adapt and continue to be profitable. NPPC is meeting those challenges through a series of strategic programs designed to address issues affecting pork from production to consumer demand. Through these efforts, NPPC intends to strive for the passage and implementation of laws and regulations that are conducive to the production and sale of pork in both domestic and international markets.
The Pet Food Institute is the voice of U.S. pet food manufacturers. PFI is the industry public education and media relations resource, the representative before the U.S. Congress and state and federal agencies, organizer of seminars and educational programs, and the liaison with other organizations. PFI represents the manufacturers of 97 percent of all dog and cat food produced in the United States.