The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 86,500 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.
The Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) was created in 1969 as the national organization of veterinary students, which has enabled individual Student Chapters of the AVMA (SCAVMAs) to function effectively as a single unit on the national level. Currently, SAVMA is comprised of 35 student chapters (30 in the U.S., 1 in Canada, 2 in the Caribbean, and 2 in the United Kingdom) at accredited veterinary medical schools/colleges and one student association organization in the Caribbean representing a total of over 15,000 veterinary student members and associate members. SAVMA is lead by an Executive Committee and a House of Delegates (HOD) consisting of two representatives from each Student Chapter and Associate organization. SAVMA also has voting representation in the AVMA House of Delegates.
Approved by the HOD, 1954; Revision approved by the HOD, 1969; Revision approved by the Executive Board 1999, 2010.
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.