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 $3 billion. Those products include pharmaceuticals, biologicals, white goods, instruments and equipment, and pet foods.
In addition, some AVDA member companies also serve the OTC market, made up of farm and feedlot operations, poultry producers, farm stores, etc.
Active membership in AVDA is open to firms whose primary business is the wholesale distribution of animal health products, and Associate Membership is for those companies that manufacture the products. Affiliate Membership is open to organizations which function as buying groups for animal health distributors.
AVDA is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.