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Welcome to the Association for Veterinary Family Practice
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The association exists to optimize the quality of life of pets in human families and communities by advancing the essential role of primary veterinary care.

Spay Day 2006


Veterinary Family Practice is a response to the
  • rapid evolution of the human-animal bond
  • dramatic revolution in veterinary knowledge and technology


The fact that pets are considered members of the families by the humans with whom they share their lives changes the responsibilities of the family members, the veterinary health care providers and the communities we live in.


Please explore these pages to learn how Veterinary Family Practice can apply to your life as a primary care veterinary health provider, a pet parent, a human health care provider or anyone whose lives are involved with companion animals.

Pets are Good for You PDF Print E-mail
Written by Guy Hancock   
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:21 PM

Published in the Washington Post 7/13/2011

Yes, having a dog or a cat really is good for you

Lots of research has indicated that having a dog or a cat can help people live happier, healthier lives. But it’s been unclear whether there really is a cause-and-effect relationship between pet ownership and better physical and mental health. Now, new research indicates that the benefits of having a canine or feline companion are real and broad.

Upcoming Workshops PDF Print E-mail
Written by AVFP Administrator   
Thursday, July 12, 2012 06:16 AM

At the No. American Vet. Conference in January, 2013


One Health Workshop  NEW IN 2012!

Monday • 8:30 AM–5:30 PM • $100
P. Ellison and K. Hodgson
In an interactive and small group learning setting, explore opportunities and barriers to integration of One Health concepts into your community and practice. Evaluate the many different and important roles of pets in various stages of the family life cycle.

FRANK Communications Workshop

Tuesday • 8:30 AM–5:30 PM  • $300
Wednesday • 8:30 AM–2:30 PM
C.Adams, T. Himebaugh and J. Shaw
Good communication skills are the key to success in practice and in life. The renowned “FRANK” 12.5-hour, 2-day, interactive veterinarian-client communication workshop
facilitates the development of enhanced communication skills for everyday practice.

Hospice Resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joan Byard   
Friday, September 10, 2010 07:53 AM

There was an informative newsletter issue of The Latham Letter (http://www.icraeastbay.org/LL_08_FA.pdf) devoted to veterinary hospice care.  It is Volume XXIX, Number 4, Fall, 2008.

A very good book on the subject is Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Making Health Decisions on Behalf of Our Animal Companions by Shannon Fujimoto Nakaya, DVM.  My clients and a few veterinarians in my area love it.  Here's a link:  http://www.kindredspiritkindredcare.com/book.html.

CD proceedings of both the 1st and 2nd International Symposiums on Veterinary Hospice Care held at UC Davis can be purchased from the Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets, website:  www.pethospice.org.

Last Updated on Friday, September 24, 2010 02:25 PM
Veterinary Infectious Diseases Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by AVFP   
Sunday, October 16, 2011 11:58 AM

These diseases will be on the next test:

Last Updated on Sunday, October 16, 2011 01:57 PM
2nd Chance for Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Association   
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 04:04 PM


Thousands of companion animals are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply because their human caregivers died or became ill and made no arrangements for the continuous care of their pets. What will happen to your pets if they outlive you?

Ensure lifetime care for your pets

Last Updated on Thursday, July 14, 2011 01:50 PM
El visto del otro lado PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robin Sturtz   
Friday, September 24, 2010 07:16 AM

(The view from the other side)

The concept of the human-animal bond (HAB) as a major factor in veterinary medicine has evolved over a period of time. While there has always been an informal recognition of the importance of that bond (Rome was reportedly founded by twins raised by wolves), we certainly have refined and re-examined this idea over recent years. We now relate the bond to our ability to practice medicine, and recognize it as a major factor in how we deal with both patients and clients.

Last Updated on Friday, September 24, 2010 08:55 AM

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