Mission and values

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world.


More than 100,000 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. The Foundation, founded in 1963, is headquartered in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Since its inception, AVMF has provided grants to help veterinarians* help animals through education, animal welfare, disaster relief, and research programs.

Our vision

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is recognized as the premier charitable foundation that helps protect, promote, and advance a strong, unified veterinary profession that meets the needs of society.

Our mission

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation develops charitable resources to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.