Veterinary Waste Disposal Guidelines – AVMA at a Glance

Follow Veterinary Waste Disposal Guidelines with Medical Waste ProsIn addition to EPA, DOT, and RCRA regulations surrounding medical waste disposal, veterinary waste disposal guidelines take into account the unique circumstances of veterinary practices.

Veterinary waste disposal policies are for the most part governed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It was established in 1863 as a not-for-profit association that today represents more than 88,000 veterinarians.

The AVMA breaks its veterinary waste disposal guidelines into six different categories. These are animal waste, carcasses, environmental, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, and veterinary practice or workplace.

Animal Waste

The AVMA supports appropriate efforts and actions to prevent negative environmental impacts from wastes generated by terrestrial or aquatic animal productions.


The AVMA advocates safe and environmentally responsible disposal of animal carcasses. This could either be on an individual animal basis or during mass mortality events. In addition, the AVMA recognizes that animals who die from injuries generally do not represent a health hazard for humans. It also follows compliance with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on this matter.


The AVMA supports the conservation of natural resources. It encourages practices including, but not limited to, minimizing waste, reducing energy consumption, maximizing electronic communication, recycling, and utilizing recycled products by its offices, employees, councils, committees, members, and others.

Medical Waste

The AVMA encourages responsible entities to use reasonable approaches and sound science in the formulation of regulations about the impacts of veterinary medical waste on the environment, the veterinary profession, and the health and welfare of patients.


The AVMA recognizes pharmaceutical disposal as an important and complex issue. Additionally, it urges its members to follow all federal, state, and local regulations.

Veterinary Practice or Workplace

It is incumbent on the veterinarian who is an employer to inform all employees or volunteers regarding the job hazards that may affect the health of employees or volunteers in the veterinary practice they work at. They list those hazards as physical, chemical, and biological.

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