About The American College of Animal Welfare
The American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW) is an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognized veterinary specialty organization.
The mission of the American College of Animal Welfare is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation. Diplomates of the American College of Animal Welfare are veterinarians with specialized training and experience. This mission is fulfilled through the application of specific knowledge listed in the Joint Task Analysis (JTA) document.
Ensuring good animal welfare is a crucial goal of veterinary medical practice since its inception. However, in more recent years, considerations of animal welfare have expanded exponentially and is now recognized as a distinct discipline of veterinary medicine. The ACAW has chartered in response to these deeper understandings of impactful nature of good animal welfare upon favorable outcomes in medicine and lifestyle. The ACAW offers advanced animal welfare education and board certification to document those veterinarians who have exercised focused efforts to ensure good animal welfare while the profession continues to lead in advancing animal welfare knowledge for the benefit of the public and the profession.
Veterinarians educated to an advanced level of animal welfare science and ethics are uniquely positioned to provide the public, general veterinary practitioners, and other stakeholders with accurate data driven information and expertise concerning animal welfare challenges. The ACAW recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are important for all professional associations and encourages all graduate veterinarians to consider seeking board certification in animal welfare. As a veterinary specialty organization, the ACAW supports the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) and American Association of Veterinary Medical College's (AAVMC) efforts to promote these important values across veterinary medicine.