About Us

At the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, we believe that being a veterinarian is more than just a profession.

WVMA’s History

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association was founded in 1915 when the Wisconsin Society of Veterinary Graduates and the Wisconsin State Veterinary Society merged. The WVMA held its first annual meeting in 1916. The association’s name, constitution, and bylaws were adopted at that time.

Over the years, the WVMA has continued to evolve. Today, WVMA membership is open to entire clinic staff teams to expand our reach and allow more to benefit from our strong advocacy and continuing education programs. Although the association has seen many changes, the focus has remained constant—to promote the benefits of veterinary medicine and ensure the health and safety of animals and those who care for them.

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WVMA’s Mission

To enrich the lives of Wisconsin veterinarians.

To accomplish this mission, we focus on CARE—care for our members, our profession, our patients, and our community. WVMA members lead with four guiding principles: Connect, Advocate, Recognize, Educate.

Key Benefits of Membership

The WVMA is a community of individuals committed to advancing veterinary medicine in Wisconsin. Our membership model allows entire clinic staff teams to join the WVMA, further expanding our reach of providing cutting-edge CE and legislative representation on issues affecting the veterinary medical profession and small business.


The WVMA is daily monitoring and involved with policy and advocacy issues affecting veterinary medicine and small business. An outside legislative council of registered lobbyists works on behalf of WVMA members to ensure the veterinary medical field is represented and their views are heard.

News & Industry Updates

WVMA members have access to our monthly WVMA Voice newsletter and receive electronic communications about issues and events important to veterinary medicine. Members also receive email alerts of breaking industry news to keep them informed.

Robust CE

The WVMA understands the importance of continuing education. That’s why all CE events are open to entire clinic teams. Our Online Learning platform is home to a variety of opportunities in live webinar and on-demand formats offering a mix of scientific, non-scientific, and leadership CE credits.

Professional Network

As a WVMA member, you are part of a community. Members have the ability to network with other veterinarians and clinic staff, as well as veterinary medical students. WVMA members find support from one another, and as a result, new friendships are formed.

Member Resources

WVMA membership gives you access to an extensive classified advertising network posted online and in our monthly WVMA Voice newsletter. In addition, you will receive exclusive member discounts at select businesses that have aligned with
the WVMA.

Grassroots Driven

The WVMA is committee-based, so our members make the decisions and lead the association. There are countless opportunities to get involved and use your skills!