SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will spend $60,000 on an animal welfare symposium after noting discrepancies
in euthanasia recommendations among various agencies and organizations.
The AVMA Executive Board approved the expenditure on recommendation from the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia and AVMA Animal Welfare
Committee. Forums at the symposium, which will focus on euthanasia and euthanasia guidance, will be aimed at identifying gaps
in research and resolve questions. Findings from the symposium could have substantial impact on the daily practice of veterinary
medicine, says AVMA.
Dates have yet to be set, and AVMA says it estimates the remainder of the cost for the roughly $150,000 symposium will be
paid through registration fees and sponsorship.
AVMA also created another panel to study euthanasia, the Panel on Humane Slaughter, which will be tasked with producing new
guidance for the association.