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Nominations Now Open for America's Favorite Veterinarian!




America’s Favorite Veterinarian is a nationwide contest created by the AVMF to identify and celebrate extraordinary veterinary professionals practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine from private practice to public health, agriculture to academia.This contest honors and recognizes those entrusted to preserve and protect the health and well-being of animals and to celebrate the special relationships pet owners share with their veterinarians.

America’s Favorite Veterinarian is your chance to honor and thank the true superstar in your pet’s life. Celebrate the person that cares for your pets and is dedicated to making a difference in lives of animals and people that love them the most!

Celebrate the contributions of your favorite veterinarian and their passion for animal health by nominating them for America’s Favorite Veterinarian today!

To Nominate a veterinarian, visit:

If Your Veterinarian is Selected as America’s Favorite Veterinarian He/She Will Receive:

A $500 Cash Prize

A Trip to the 2015 AVMA Convention in Boston

A Year Feature on the AVMF Website

A Community Celebration at Your Clinic for Your Staff and Clients

If Your Veterinarian is Selected as America’s Favorite Veterinarian You Will Receive:

 An Animal Lover’s Gift Pack Containing an Array of Treats and Goodies for You and Your Pet!

Nominations for America’s Favorite Veterinarian will be accepted until June 6, 2014.

Get Back to Nature With The AVMF!

Kick-Off AVMA Convention 2014 in Rocky Mountain Style! We have planned this exciting evening to build support for the year-round work of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

clientuploads/Fotor0416111354.pngJoin the AVMF on Friday evening, July 25th from 7pm-10pm, immediately following the AVMA Convention Opening Session, for "Get Back to Nature with the AVMF" at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Purchase your tickets early, as this popular event has sold out two years in a row!

You will enjoy award winning cuisine and a hosted bar, while taking in inspiring views of City Park, Denver's Skyline, and of course the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

This will be an evening of unforgettable entertainment including IMAX & planetarium shows and exhibitions. 

Shuttle service will be provided from select locations, including the Convention Center and numerous hotels.

Ticket proceeds benefit the AVMF’s mission to embrace and advance the well-being and medical care of animals.

To Purchase Tickets: CLICK HERE

To Learn More About The Denver Museum of Nature and Science: CLICK HERE

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, contact Laura Roth at or (847) 285-6689 for more information.

Midwest Tornado Recovery

The AVMF is assisting veterinarians in Illinois and other Midwestern states with emergency medical care for the animal victims of the series of tornadoes that swept the area on Sunday, November 17. 

clientuploads/enews/Disasters/100 Another Maggie and Owner.jpgIncluded in the animal victims of the tornadoes is Maggie, a 12-year-old Shetland sheepdog, who was found alive, trapped under a block of concrete near her family’s home.  Maggie was taken to the Teegarden Veterinary Clinic where she was treated for a dislocated hip.

In times like this, our donors have responded with overwhelming generosity, providing funding for emergency veterinary care for the animal victims of disaster.  In the days ahead we anticipate a growing number of requests from veterinarians as the recovery process continues.

Please help us today by making a donation. Every dollar you can give, no matter how small, will make a big difference.


Our Oath in Action Day – October 26, 2013

clientuploads/logos/Ouroath_logo.jpgIn 2005 the Our Oath in Action program was created in response to the devastating impact Hurricane Katrina left in the Gulf Coast area of the United States.  To assist in the recovery efforts in New Orleans, the AVMF organized volunteer members of the veterinary community in animal shelter cleanup efforts.  The inaugural program was so well received that Our Oath in Action became a permanent program for the Foundation with an annual shelter project held in conjunction with the AVMA annual convention. 

In 2013 Our Oath in Action is being expanded nationwide beginning with six communities across the country:  Alabama, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota.

For more information on each of the 2013 Our Oath in Action Events click on the links below:

Auburn, Alabama

On October 26, 2013, National Make a Difference Day, the AVMF will host its “Our Oath in Action Day” by sponsoring animal related community events in these six states.  Contact Cheri Kowal for more information on this program.


Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Campos "America’s Favorite Veterinarian!"

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After reviewing more than 1,000 nominations, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation has named Dr. Carlos Campos of Spring Hill, Florida “America’s Favorite Veterinarian”.  Dr. Campos was nominated for the title by Joan Spitrey, one of his clients at the San Francis Veterinary Hospital.

According to AVMF Executive Director, Michael Cathey, the contest was created to honor distinguished veterinarians and to promote the good work veterinarians do each day for animals and their owners.

The AVMF's goal in launching the inaugural “America's Favorite Veterinarian” contest was to engage America's animal owners and celebrate the special relationship they have with their veterinarians.  It was clear to the selection committee that Dr. Campos had established a close bond with his clients, who cited both his overwhelming compassion and his intense respect for animals.

Dr. Campos was honored at the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention, held in Chicago, IL.  Members of the selection committee included Dr. Bernadine D. Cruz, veterinarian and media consultant; Steve Dale, syndicated pet columnist and host of “Steve Dale’s Pet World”; Dr. Susan Giovengo, Senior Director, Central Garden & Pet Co.; and Dr. Ginger Brainard and Kimberly Topper, members of the AVMF board of directors.

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Watch our website & Facebook page in the spring for announcements on the 2014 America's Favorite Vetrinarian Contest.

To learn more about Dr. Campos, the AVMF or America's Favorite Veterinarian please contact Cheri Kowal, AVMF Manager of Program and Impact.


Go for GOLD


We’re Going for Gold in 2013 and we need you! Our goal is to raise $2.5 million between now and December 2013.  With your help, we can make a difference in the following areas: Disaster relief and training, Research funding, Veterinary student support, Community assistance, and more.

Learn more about what you can to to drive a successful Go for Gold campaign today!



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Everything the foundation does is designed to benefit veterinary medicine, promote animal well being, and enhance research, so that we will be even better prepared to deal with difficult problems of animal health today and in the future.

As the national foundation for veterinary medicine and animal health, the AVMF is uniquely positioned to forge the strength of thousands of veterinarians, millions of pet owners, animal scientists, veterinary medical researchers, and veterinary product suppliers.

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