BETHESDA, MD. — The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) is moving forward to develop the new group, including plans this
month to announce leadership council members.
The council is charged with organizing HSVMA and drafting plans for its future, says Holly Hazard, chief innovations officer
for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
HSVMA is an arm of HSUS, launched in January as an alternative for veterinarians unsatisfied with some of the American Veterinary
Medical Association's science-based welfare stances. In the process, the 501c-3 merged with the Association of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights.
While HSUS officials hope HSVMA attracts AVMA members, officials applied for booth space at AVMA's July convention in New
Orleans. At press time, the nation's largest veterinarian membership group had not responded to the request.
HSVMA also plans to hire two veterinarians for part-time consulting positions within the group's advocacy division. The veterinary
consultants would serve as resources and experts on veterinary medical issues as they relate to the association's animal-protection
initiatives. Contact Pam Runquist at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.