In 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association boasted more than 84,000 members, including more than 80 percent of all veterinarians in the United States. Quite a change from the small group of men who came together in 1863 to form the United States Veterinary Medical Association, now the AVMA. Although many factors have contributed to the remarkable growth of the past 150 years, unquestionably one of the most important has been the dedication of the thousands of members who have volunteered their time in service to the Association. Understanding how the governance of the AVMA has changed over the years helps us not only learn about the history of the Association but also prepare for the future.
John F. Budd