Animal Welfare Resources

Animal welfare addresses all aspects of animal well-being including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia. As advocates of animal welfare, veterinarians promote the humane treatment of animals.

 WSVMA Animal Welfare Vision Statement

The WSVMA and the veterinarians it represents are deeply committed to:

  • Leading society on matters of animal welfare and well-being;
  • Caring for the needs of animals, protecting animal and public health, conserving livestock resources and advancing biomedical knowledge; and
  • Educating and engaging on regulation and legislation involving human-animal interactions

Animal Cruelty

Find information on the documentation and recognition of animal cruelty and neglect, reporting suspected cases of animal cruelty and neglect, including Washington cruelty laws.

Animal Welfare Information and Resources

Find links to various organizations and related animal welfare information including dog bite prevention and behavior training.

Recommended Reading

A list of publications on a range of animal welfare topics.

NOTE: The information contained in the documents presented in this section is not to be used as a substitute for professional care. Neither the authors nor the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.

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