AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition
29 January 2020
Animal issues are no longer socially invisible, and increasingly, greater attention is being devoted to understanding the moral significance of experiences of animals and to taking into consideration the welfare of animals.
During the past half-century, efforts to ensure the respectful and humane treatment of animals have garnered global attention.
AMVA's Guidelines set criteria for euthanasia, specify appropriate euthanasia methods and agents, and are intended to assist veterinarians in their exercise of professional judgment. The Guidelines acknowledge that euthanasia is a process involving more than just what happens to an animal at the time of its death. Apart from delineating appropriate methods and agents, these Guidelines also recognize the importance of considering and applying appropriate pre-euthanasia (eg, sedation) and animal handling practices, as well as attention to disposal of animals’ remains.
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