The American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) was established in 1976 as the national trade organization for businesses engaged in the distribution of animal health products.
The primary market for veterinary supplies consists of some 55,000 veterinarians practicing in approximately 25,000 animal health clinics throughout the United States. The total annual sales of these supplies is estimated at over 9 billion dollars. Those products include pharmaceuticals, biologicals, white goods, instruments and equipment, and pet foods.
In the summer of 2018, The American Veterinary Distributors Association (AVDA) members and key animal health industry stakeholders gathered together to discuss the future direction of AVDA and how it can evolve and stay relevant to its members. The participants concluded that in order to maintain a healthy, robust veterinary channel, AVDA should become THE place where manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who support the veterinarian and animal care can explore what they can do collectively to serve this channel.
After much discussion, United Veterinary Services Association (UVSA) was chosen.
A new mission for the association was defined: As the hub for relevant information leading to innovation in the supply chain, UVSA will enhance animal care by supporting those who serve the veterinary channel.
UVSA will fulfill its mission by designing programs and services that will help distributors, manufacturers and suppliers remain relevant in the veterinary supply chain through a three-pronged approach focusing on:
UVSA is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.
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