Member Benefits

How TVMA Serves You

Founded in 1909, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association is committed to advancing Tennessee’s veterinary medical profession through an engaged membership to promote animal wellness and to protect public health.


TVMA represents and protects your interests in the state legislature and with other governmental bodies.  Supported by professional personnel in the legislative and regulatory areas, TVMA is active in shaping and responding to issues and regulations that reinforce or limit the veterinary practice.  We keep you up-to-date on the issues through Legislative Alerts.  The TVMA also keeps you informed on the latest regulatory compliance issues.

Provides Resources to Benefit You and Your Practice

Provides Wellness Assistance

  • The TVMA has recently formed the Tennessee Veterinary Wellness Program, designed to promote mental and physical wellness among veterinary professionals, paraprofessionals, office staff and veterinary students.  To learn more visit our website at
  • Through the Tennessee Medical Foundation, TVMA provides support for veterinarians and veterinary staff who need professional assistance with chemical dependence, mental or emotional illness.  If you need assistance or know someone who does, contact TMF.

Offers Continuing Education at a Discount

TVMA’s Music City Veterinary Conference (MCVC) focuses on the topics needed to ensure that you and your staff stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.  MCVC provides 20 hours of continuing education with tracks on small animal, large animal, equine, practice management, exotics, avian, technician, and complementary medicine—all of this at a discount for members!

Answers Your Questions

Stumped by a question and can’t find the resource to answer it?  The TVMA staff is available to help you.  If we can’t answer your question, we will refer you to the appropriate person/office or we will do the research and call you back with an answer.

Offers Complaint Resolution through Peer Review

TVMA’s Peer Review program is designed to educate, settle problems, clarify and make corrections where necessary.  Voluntary for all parties, it is an expert and credible system for resolving disagreements appropriately and fairly.

Promotes Veterinary Medicine through Public Relations

Look for TVMA on Facebook (Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Members Group) and Twitter (@tennesseevma).  Through the public relations program, TVMA releases articles and op-eds to news media on a monthly basis explaining the importance of veterinary medicine and providing information for the public.  TVMA sponsors the veterinary proficiency award through the Tennessee FFA and is a sponsor for the 4-H Foundation.  We participate in Ag Day on the Hill and exhibit at veterinary-related gatherings such as the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.  We distribute press releases on news about members and about veterinary medicine.

Keeps You Up-to-Date on Veterinary News and Provides a Connection to Your Colleagues

Some of the tools that we use to keep you updated are TVMA TIDBITS, our semimonthly e-newsletter, and with “breaking news” emails and faxes in between.  TVMA TIDBITS provide information on legislation, upcoming continuing education programs, industry trends, economic issues, classifieds and much more.  The TVMA website at features the latest veterinary information and a “members-only” section.  A directory of members is available on the website through the Find a Vet link.

Builds and Maintains Alliances with Veterinary Colleges and Related Groups

TVMA has formed alliances with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM), Tennessee Farm Bureau, UTCVM Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU), LMU SCAVMA, and the Tennessee Veterinary Technicians Association (TVTA) to promote veterinary medicine.  We work directly with the colleges and the SCAVMA Chapters to provide services and support to the students.  TVMA works with the technicians and supports the addition of veterinary technician programs in the state.

Represents You at the American Veterinary Medical Association

TVMA is your voice at AVMA and monitors issues considered by AVMA which will affect you and your practice.

TVMA Staff

Deloris Green Gaines
Executive Director

Darlene Clendenon
Office Manager/Membership/Peer Review

Adele Reed
Administrative Assistant/Meetings/Communications