ABVMA Mission, Vision, Objectives and Role
Healthy animals and people in a healthy environment.
Serving the public by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of the profession of veterinary medicine in Alberta.
- protect the public interest, and integrity of the profession by regulating the practice of veterinary medicine in accordance with relevant legislation;
- promote, encourage and develop the profession and practice of veterinary medicine for the well-being of animals, society and the environment;
- promote animal health and welfare;
- enhance and support member professional development and wellness;
- engage with organizations on issues pertinent to the association.
The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association lives by the following core values:
Professionalism - demonstrating ethics, fairness, responsibility and accountability
Integrity - exemplifying honesty, trust and transparency
Leadership - inspiring a path that is adaptable and visionary
Inclusivity - fostering a safe, positive and collaborative environment
Respect - interacting with empathy, compassion and dignity
The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association is responsible for ensuring that all veterinarians and veterinary technologists in the province are qualified to practice veterinary medicine. The primary mandate of the Association is to ensure that the public is receiving quality veterinary service. This is accomplished through a number of initiatives with the following areas of focus:
- Reviewing the academic, personal and ethical qualifications of all veterinarians and veterinary technologists applying for a license to practice in Alberta.
- Requiring that veterinarians and veterinary technologists continually upgrade their skills by attending a minimum number of continuing education sessions each year.
- Inspecting all veterinary clinics in the province to ensure they meet or exceed ABVMA standards.
- Providing a process for the resolution of complaints by intervening and investigating complaints lodged against the conduct or skills of Alberta veterinarians or veterinary technologists.
- Prepare Alberta veterinarians, registered veterinary technologists and veterinary teams for increased veterinary oversight of antimicrobials.
- Provide leadership in animal welfare.
- Enhance the public's affinity to the veterinary profession.
- Provide veterinarians, veterinary technologists and veterinary practices the support needed to optimize member wellness, practice management and practice sustainability.
- ABVMA is recognized as an important (animal) health and welfare stakeholder in Alberta government ministries.