AVMA to change euthanasia guidelines

Adjustments follow research advances making new techniques and equipment available

euthanasiaThe categorization of some euthanasia techniques and the conditions for their use are two of the proposed changes to American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA)’s Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.

Other expected changes are in reference to specific euthanasia methods and physical technique improvements like captive bolt positioning and direction for animals used for the production of food and fiber. Human responses to the euthanasia process also will receive additional attention as part of the update.

The interim update is scheduled to be released in 2019, but an early overview of proposed changes will be presented to attendees at the 2018 Humane Endings Symposium in Rosemont, Ill., Nov. 2 to 4.

Originally published in 1963, the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals are globally recognized as representing best practices in humanely ending animals’ lives when necessary. The guidelines undergo a full update at least every 10 years, but interim updates are provided when any substantive changes in the landscape occur.

Click here to read the 2013 guidelines.


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  1. It is disappointing that, yet again, there was no discussion of incidence, economic cost, and emotional damage resulting from Economic Euthanasia. For some reason, this topic continues to be the elephant in the room for organized veterinary medicine.

    Also missing was any discussion of the respectful treatment of the after-death remains of companion animals or of the advantages of alkaline hydrolysis (Aquamation) over flame cremation.