The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and FVE have  a long standing cooperation. Together, they published a joint Statement on the role of veterinarians in ensuring good animal welfare.

Recognising animals are  sentient; capable of pain and suffering, they deserve consideration and respect.All veterinarians have an opportunity to provide education and knowledge that can promote welfare friendly animal care practices. Veterinarians must not only work to implement existing standards, but must also contribute to ensuring continual improvement of those standards.

Veterinarians are, and must continually strive to be, the leading advocates for the good welfare of animals in a continually evolving society.