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The IVMA Animal Welfare Committee is dedicated to to enhancing and elevating the education of animal welfare issues.  Additionally, we encourage responsible and compassionate stewardship for the well-being of all animals.

IVMA One Welfare Principles

Adopted by the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors

September 5, 2013


Humans have a unique responsibility to be wise stewards of animals.  This relates to how we care for the environment we share with wildlife and to the husbandry of domestic animals used for food, fiber and companionship.  The best science available from the fields of biology, behavioral science and other disciplines should be used to make legitimate welfare determinations for animals.


As veterinarians, we endorse the following eight “IVMA One Welfare” principles, founded on our education, experience, commitment to and compassion for animals:


1.      Animals are capable of feeling pain and distress, and should be treated with respect.

2.      Responsible stewardship of animals used for human purposes is consistent with the Veterinarian’s Oath.  The animals’ interests must be thoughtfully considered by individuals and society when determining acceptable care and use.  This requires the application of the best scientific knowledge, guided by applicable ethical values. 

3.      Animals should be provided with water, nutrition, and an environment appropriate to their care and use, with consideration for their safety, health and species-specific biological needs and behavior.

4.      Whether used for food and fiber production, recreation, companionship, transportation, work, education, or the advancement of scientific knowledge, the use of animals should always be balanced against the greater benefit to other animals, humans, and society.

5.      Responsible animal stewardship minimizes fear, pain, stress and suffering.

6.      Animal owners and caretakers must provide for the animal’s timely and appropriate medical care by licensed veterinarians.

7.      Reproductive management of animal populations should be socially responsible and scientifically prudent.

8.      Animals should be provided a humane death by a recognized humane method when their quality of life is poor and not correctable or as part of the processing of animals for human use.



IVMA One Welfare Articles
Provided to educate the public and the veterinary community!

July, 2013 – “One Welfare: It’s The Circle of Life, Simba!”  - click here

September, 2013 – “We Are Experts on All Things Animal, Right?”  – click here

November, 2013 – “One Equine Practitioner’s Perspective”  – click here

January, 2014 – “A View of Commercial Dog Breeding”  – click here

March, 2014 – “The Bovine Medicine Perspective”  – click here

May, 2014 – “Euthanasia”  – click here
​July, 2014 - "Induced Molting Practices"  - click here

September, 2014 - "National Organic Program Certification" - click here

November, 2014 - "Animals Used in Education" - click here

January, 2015 - "Allowed Medications Under the National Organic Program" - click here

March, 2015 - "Wouldn't it be Cool to Have a Tiger?" - click here

May, 2015 -"Animal Use in Research" - click here




IVMA One Welfare Awards - 2015



 Mr. Scott Tucker (l.) receives the "One Welfare" Award on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms in Leesburg, IN


"Bella" was recognized as the "One Welfare" Animal of the Year!



Dr. Wendy Underwood receives the "One Welfare" Veterinary Service Award from IVMA President Dr. John Feutz.

IVMA One Welfare Awards - 2014

Dr. Allen Lueking (l.) - IVMA "One Welfare" Veterinary Service Award - February, 2014

Belstra Milling, DeMotte, IN, receives the IVMA "One Welfare" Recognition - February, 2014

"Purple Paw" Award given in honor of "Kilo" killed in the line of duty - IN State Trooper Nathan Abbott accepts - February, 2014

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