Community Outreach & Education


TVMF is dedicated to educating the public on proper animal care and the importance of regular veterinary visits. TVMF achieves this by attending public events, working with veterinarians to provide resources that they may use to educate their clients, and holding community awareness events that are fun and free for the public. TVMF’s most popular community education program is the Pet Heatstroke Prevention Awareness event, which provides information to pet owners on the signs of heatstroke, how to prevent it and what to do if their pet overheats. For more information about including TVMF in your pet-related event, please contact us.

There is a lot written about pet health topics on the internet. As a Texas pet owner, it’s important to be aware that it’s not all accurate. Navigating through false or misleading information isn’t only confusing, it’s potentially harmful to you and your pet. You can be sure that the information you find on is scientifically accurate – each article is written by a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and reviewed by two veterinarians. also features a gallery where visitors can upload photos of their pet, a TexPet Library with definitions of diseases and commonly used terms, and a news & events page.

Texas Animal Hall of Fame
Recognizing Great Animals in the State of Texas

Founded by the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation in 1984, the Texas Animal Hall of Fame was created to share the joy of the human-animal bond by recognizing exceptional animals. Texas Veterinary Medical Association members and the general public nominate animals each year, which are then chosen by the TVMF Board of Trustees.

The goals of the Texas Animal Hall of Fame are the following:

  • To honor the outstanding contributions our animal companions make to human lives.
  • To heighten public awareness of the human-animal bond.
  • To allow Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) members to share in celebrating their patients’ accomplishments by serving as nominators.

Nominations are sought in three categories:

  • Hero: an animal that has performed an incredible act of bravery or saved a human life.
  • Companion: an animal that has provided a special benefit to its community or human companions.
  • Professional: a remarkable, specially trained assistance animal.

TVMA member veterinarians and the public may obtain application forms by downloading one here or by contacting TVMF at 512/452-4224. Application forms and any supporting materials must be submitted to the office of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, 8104 Exchange Dr, Austin, TX 78754 by September 15, 2017.