ANIMAL WELFARE & ANIMAL CRUELTY

The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association is committed to promoting animal welfare and the human/animal bond. Our Animal Welfare Committee has made efforts to address animal welfare issues in a variety of ways to help members, legislators and the public become more aware of these issues.

The Committee coordinates animal welfare education sessions for veterinarians and veterinary students, writes educational articles in The Michigan Veterinarian, gives companion animal awards, participates in national and local animal welfare groups, creates animal welfare and animal cruelty resources, and testifies on behalf of veterinarians when animal welfare issues are being legislated. They are currently working to develop a plan to further address these issues and better educate veterinarians and the public. 

ANIMAL WELFARE RESOURCE INFORMATION

The Sticky Welfare Wicket: Articles by MVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee

What do we need to know? What should we be thinking about?
By Dr. Lana Kaiser
Originally appeared in the December 2010-January 2011 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Farm Animal Welfare: Are we willing to rethink how we do things?
By Dr. Keith Sterner
Originally appeared in the February-March 2011 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Swine Well Being and Pork Safety
By Dr. James Kober
Originally appeared in the June-July 2011 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian. 

Cat Euthanasia in Michigan
By Dr. Cathy Anderson
Originally Appeared in the June-July 2011 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Current Topics in Equine Animal Welfare
By Dr. Jennifer Trippany
Originally Appeared in the August-September 2011 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Dog Fighting, Animal Abuse and Desensitization to Violence
By Dr. Maria Iliopoulou
Originally Appeared in the December 2011-January 2012 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Large-Volume Spay/Neuter Facilities
By Dr. Cathy Anderson
Originally Appeared in the December 2011-January 2012 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Hope’s Story – A Veterinarian from Michigan Sets an Example
By Dr. Maria Iliopoulou
Originally Appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Thoughts About Animal Well-Being From a Dairy Practitioner
By Dr. Robert Vlietstra
Originally Appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

How is a Cow Without a Tail NOT Like a Fish Without a Bicycle?
By Lana Kaiser MD, DVM
Originally Appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

Did you dress your dog for dinner?
By Lana Kaiser MD, DVM
Originally Appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Michigan Veterinarian.

MVMA’s Animal Welfare Resources & Position Statements

MVMA Animal Welfare Principles 

MVMA Position Statement on Animal Abuse 

MVMA Position Statement on Animal Fighting 

MVMA Position Statement on the Use of Animals in Teaching and Research 

AVMA/MVMA Policy Statement on the Use of Random Source Dogs and Cats in Research 

MVMA Position Statement on Dangerous Dog Legislation 

MVMA Position Statement on Ear Cropping and Tail Docking 

MVMA Position Statement on Spay and Neuter Age 

American Veterinary Medical Association

Definition and Animal Welfare Principles

American Animal Hospital Association

Animal Welfare Position Statements 

ANIMAL CRUELTY RESOURCE INFORMATION

Animal Cruelty Statutes - Michigan

Michigan Humane Society Resources for Veterinarians: Reporting Animal Cruelty

ASPCA Resources for Veterinarians: FAQ and Information on Reporting

Recognizing, Reporting and Documenting Animal Abuse
From the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

US Animal Welfare Act 

 

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