societies provide an excellent means of keeping current and in touch
with other professionals in the field. These groups can play a key role
in your development and keep you abreast of what is happening in your
field. Associations promote the interests of their members and provide a
network of contacts that can help you find jobs and move your career
forward. They can offer a variety of services including job referral
services, continuing education courses, insurance, travel benefits,
periodicals, and meeting and conference opportunities. The following is
a partial list of professional associations serving veterinarians. A broader list of professional associations is also
available by clicking here.
Animal Hospital Association
The American Animal
Hospital Association (AAHA) is an association of members who primarily
treat companion animals, or pets. They have over 36,000 members who hold
different jobs in a veterinary clinic, including veterinarians,
technicians, managers, receptionists and more.
Board of Veterinary Specialties
The American Board of
Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA) recognizes and encourages the development of
recognized veterinary specialty organizations
promoting advanced levels of competency in well-defined areas of study
or practice categories to provide the public with exceptional veterinary
Veterinary Medical Association
The American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit
association representing veterinarians working in
private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and
uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as
a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.
of Shelter Veterinarians
The Association of Shelter Veterinarians consists of a network of more
than 600 member veterinarians from all around the globe. The group works
to advance the practice of shelter medicine and to act as a resource for
the dissemination of information and the support of ongoing study of
veterinary medicine in a shelter environment.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.