The OVMA is available to assist the media in story development and breaking news coverage. We have extensive contacts within Oregon's veterinary community and can provide you with information and resources for coverage of animal health care issues.
Our mission is to serve veterinarians in Oregon, the veterinary profession and the public through education, public relations, and political action, and by promoting among veterinarians the highest standards of animal care and professional ethics.
The OVMA is a non-profit membership association with about 1,000 members, or about 80% of the practicing veterinarians in the state. Since 1911, the OVMA has been serving the needs and interests of Oregon veterinarians and their patients by vigorously advocating for the veterinary profession and helping to ensure that practitioners from all parts of the state can continue to practice medicine in their patients' best interests.
Health alerts, seasonal topics, and coverage of ongoing stories:
- Recalls and warnings
- Veterinarians Note: News stories for our members may be password-protected; in that case, please contact us.
- Animal health care information library
Frequently requested topics:
- Why Spay or Neuter My Pet?
- Kitten and Puppy Care Tips
- About Veterinarians/How to Become a Veterinarian
- Veterinarians are medical doctors who attend four years of veterinary school after college. A typical veterinary student spends about 4,000 hours in the classroom, laboratory, clinical study, and internships.
- Veterinarians must pass a national examination and must acquire a license in the state they wish to practice in. In Oregon, the licensing organization is the Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
- Veterinarians are The Other Family Doctor™. In many cases, veterinarians are your pets' obstetrician, pediatrician, dentist, dermatologist, internist, surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist, gerontologist, and ophthalmologist, and more.
- There are about 114,000 veterinarians in the country; more than 68,000 are in private practice.
- Find out more about veterinarians and how to become a veterinarian.
Oregon's pet population (approx.):
- 919,455 dogs
- 1,004,473 cats
- 111,783 birds
Source: AVMA calculator
- Pets age faster than humans. If your cat is ten years old, its equivalent age in human years is 60. If your dog is ten years old, its equivalent age in human years ranges from 56 (small breed) to 78 (giant breed).
Over the lifetime of their pets, the average owner will spend $10,000 on a cat, $12,000 on a small dog and $23,000 for a large dog.
Source: American Veterinary Medical Association
- According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet ownership rates are up, with the rate of pet ownership in Millennials now higher than in Baby Boomers for the first time.