June 29, 2012

In the Spotlight - American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV)
Veterinarians Focused on Free-Ranging Wildlife Populations 

The American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1979 in response to the challenges veterinarians were facing when working with free-ranging wildlife. Today its membership is made up of a diverse group of individuals, such as free-ranging wildlife veterinary practitioners, pathologists, researchers, policy makers for natural resource agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, industry, and tribal nations.

  • To educate and gain rapport with governmental agencies and wildlife resource interest groups concerning the importance of wildlife disease control and prevention in relation to wildlife and domestic animals.
  • To educate and inform governmental agencies and wildlife resource interest groups of support and educational services that may be provided by wildlife veterinarians.
  • To promote and encourage the utilization of veterinarians in the fields of wildlife management, conservation and research.
  • To encourage recognition that disease syndromes in their broadest sense are potentially influenced by habitat degradation, loss, pollution, and other forms of alteration.


To learn more about this professional organization, go to the AAWV website at http://www.aawv.net. Visitors will find the AAWV’s five-year strategic plan, a list of their position statements, job and training opportunities, upcoming meetings as well as membership information.

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