Welcome to AVMLA

Veterinary medical law covers a wide array of legal practice areas including employment law, pharmacy law, corporate law, agriculture law, land use and zoning, licensure defense, malpractice defense, and tort law.  AVMLA puts information at the fingertips of veterinarians, attorneys and other veterinary medical health care professionals about animal research, veterinary education, the performance of veterinary procedures, animal welfare, and animal shelters, hospital management, and ownership.

The American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA) is a national association of attorneys, veterinarians, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in veterinary medical law and how it pertains to the veterinary profession and allied fields. AVMLA was incorporated in 1994 as a nonprofit organization with the following objectives:

  • Provide information to members regarding pertinent issues in the field of veterinary medical law.
     

  • Increase public awareness and understanding of the impact of the law on all aspects of veterinary medicine.
     

  • Facilitate interactions among organizations, regulatory agencies and the courts for the benefit of society.

Member Qualifications

AVMLA Member Categories

All prospective AVMLA members must complete a membership application and remit the required fee. The AVMLA offers the following categories of membership:

 

Active members:
 

Licensed veterinarians and/or attorneys.

Associate members:
 

Individuals, not otherwise qualified to join as active members or students, whose interests are compatible with the AVMLA as determined by the Board, or organizations (e.g., association, institutions, corporations, governmental agencies, etc.) whose activities are substantially related to veterinary medicine or veterinary medical law as determined by the Board.
 

The Board of Directors may bestow an Honorary Membership on an individual, not otherwise eligible as a member, who has rendered noteworthy and outstanding contributions to the practice of veterinary medical law. They may also confer a Distinguished Life Membership on Association members who have rendered noteworthy and outstanding contributions to the practice of veterinary medical law.

Student members:
 

  • Veterinary students who are enrolled in an accredited School or College of Veterinary Medicine recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association or,

  • Law students who are enrolled in an accredited School or College of Law recognized by the American Bar Association or any other state or provincial bar association.
     

Individuals who already possess a JD or DVM, but are working toward an advanced degree do not qualify as student members. Such individuals are considered eligible for active membership.

Leadership

AVMLA National President 2019-2020

Frank C. Muggia

AVMLA President-Elect 2019-2020

Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD

Founder and Principal

THE ROASA LAW GROUP

AVMLA Treasurer

JOHN W. THOMAS

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Stay informed regarding issues of relevance and concern pertaining to:

  • Practice Ownership

  • State & Federal Regulatory Information

  • Malpractice Issues

  • Veterinary State Board Violations

  • Personnel Concerns

Contact Us

Email: info@avmla.org
Tel: 202.449.3818
1750 K Street, NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC  20006

Notice: The AVMLA does not provide legal or veterinary advice.  Individuals with legal questions regarding their specific circumstances should contact an attorney in their state for assistance.  Please, refer to the AVMLA member directory listed by state.

 

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