Organized veterinary medicine in California began on January 11, 1888 at a meeting held by a small group of veterinary practitioners in San Francisco. They formed the California State Veterinary Medical Association, the 14th state association in the nation.
From this small beginning, the CVMA grew to its present status as the largest veterinary medical association in the country with over 7,800 members.
The CVMA is a vocal advocate for California veterinary professionals, and for the health and welfare of animals. The CVMA is the voice of the veterinary profession in California through its leadership position and innovative programs.