Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday's agriculture website of interest: AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL FOUNDATION

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Well, it's not exactly an agriculture group, but I think it might interest the agriculture community. With all the "hub-bub" of where the Humane Society of the United States spends their money, people have grown increasingly concerned about making sure their donation goes to help animals in need. Today's website of interest, is one that I have experience with, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) was established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 1963. The AVMF is based in its national headquarters in northwest suburban Chicago. The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with over 75,000 current members. As a nonprofit organization, the AVMF relies on the generosity of the animal lover and veterinary communities. Some of the projects the AVMF help to fund are disaster preparedness and relief training for members of the veterinary community, animal health studies on current crises within the animal community, and scholarships to deserving veterinary students. The part I particularly enjoy is knowing that donating to disaster preparedness allows groups to train "search and rescue" dogs which can be used to locate people and/or animals trapped in buildings and other structures.

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