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Advancing the Health and Wellbeing of Animals and the Public

The AKVMA plays an active, critical role in advocacy efforts by informing members and influencing governmental representatives in the interest of its members. The AKVMA is committed to providing high quality professional and humane animal care.

Learn About Us

The Alaska State Veterinary Medical Association is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the profession of veterinary medicine and the interests of veterinarians, their clients and patients. Organized and officially recognized as a state association in 1995, we have been the only statewide membership organization for veterinarians and we are here to help you at every state of your career, from veterinary student to retirement. We are comprised of veterinarians that represent the broad spectrum of veterinary medicine. We are committed to helping protect the health, safety, and welfare of Alaskans, advocating for veterinarians to provide safe, competent and professional veterinary services to consumers by supporting scientifically based regulations that support these goals.

How We Can Help


Our legislative team is continuosly at work to have a pulse on public policy and regulations that affect the veterinary profession. AKVMA also collaborates with the AVMA legislative team on veterinary issues at the Federal level.

Premium CE

Every fall AKVMA hosts a professional symposium that offers high quality CE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and support staff. AKVMA members receive discounted symposium fees.

Leadership Opportunities

AKVMA is governed by a board of directors and provides opportunities for leadership activities within the association. AKVMA along with AVMA sponsors a rising leader to attend the AVMA Leadership Conference each January.

A Voice in the AVMA

The AKVMA has a delegate and alternate delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates which provides a voice at the table on important resolutions affecting the veterinary profession. Members have access to our delegates as their representatives and presentation of important veterinary concerns.

Business Listings

AKVMA member businesses are listed on our website as well as veterinarian contact information for relief veterinarians.

Classified Ads

AKVMA provides options for posting classified ads and offers free classified ad postings on our website. There is also access to the veterinary career network for national advertising (fees apply).

Photo is courtesy of Governor Dunleavy’s office

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Being a member of AKVMA has played a big role in my professional development through leadership training opportunities and networking with other veterinarians around Alaska.

Dr. Sarah Coburn


Chugiak, AK

Membership Options

Membership is open to veterinarians that are in good standing with the Alaska licensing board and in adherence to the AVMA's Principles of Veterinary Medicine Ethics. Membership is also open to veterinary medicine students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited school of veterinary medicine. Membership is January 1 - December 31 each year with the renewal period during January - March for veterinarians and by school year for veterinary medicine students.

Clinical Veterinarian

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31  Annual Membership

Inactive Veterinarian

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 Annual Membership

Retired or not engaged in veterinary related employment

Non-Clinical Veterinarian

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 Annual Membership

Military or Government Employees

Vet Med Student

School Year Annual Membership

Currently enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary medicine school