The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is thrilled that the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services is marking our 150th Anniversary with “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together.” Recognizing that the AVMA and the Smithsonian Institution share a commitment to “education, science and service,” the AVMA worked side-by-side with the Smithsonian to prepare an exhibit that not only would engage the future scientist of tomorrow, but would leave parents, teachers and passers-by exclaiming, “I didn’t know that!”

Founded in 1863 and now more than 84,000 members strong, the AVMA is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. AVMA members work in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, the Armed Forces and uniformed services to support the mission of the association which is to improve animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession. Throughout the AVMA’s 150 years, members have made numerous contributions to the advancement of both human and animal health and welfare, including the discovery of the cause of West Nile virus, the eradication of canine rabies in the United States and the performance of valuable research that has led to millions of successful hip and knee replacements in humans.

We’re honored to be a part of this exhibition and to share our love of animals while inspiring the next generation of veterinarians. This exhibit provides the visitor with a step inside the door to the world of veterinary medicine. But veterinary medicine is so much more than you think! Visit to learn more about the world of veterinarians.

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