The National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) is a constituent body of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), formed during the AVMA annual meeting in 1918 by a small group of Bureau of Animal Industry veterinarians. It has grown to approximately 1,000 members since, and is recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as the representative organization for federally employed veterinarians and as an association of managers and supervisors. NAFV strives to serve both veterinarians and the agencies they work for by facilitating communication, making suggestions for improvements, and working collaboratively to address issues of concern. As an advocate for veterinarians in federal service, NAFV emphasizes professionalism and expertise in federal service, while promoting continuing education, teamwork, and a standard of excellence.

There has not been a more important time in the last 30 years when military and federal veterinarians have needed representation within the federal government. NAFV provides that voice and representation. As an association of supervisors and managers representing federal veterinarians, the NAFV has an official consultative relationship with the Department of Agriculture. It is recognized as the representative organization for veterinarians employed by the federal government.

The NAFV has a General Counsel who is extremely knowledgeable in federal
personnel and administrative matters.  Our General Counsel provides advice
and assistance with issues involving legal matters and personnel issues.

One of NAFV's primary goals is to prevent problems before they occur.   This is accomplished through consultations and meetings with agencies, coalitions, and by frequent and early actions taken on behalf of the membership when issues occur.  

The NAFV also provides meaningful direct and indirect benefits to its members.

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