Qualifications for Membership

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

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.

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.