Membership

The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) was founded in 1884 and is a professional association representing the state’s veterinarians. The NJVMA is dedicated to advancing the veterinary profession in New Jersey.

NJVMA Membership Structure
The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association follows a Practice Membership structure which incorporates all practice team members (veterinarians and lay staff) under one membership. All team members receive NJVMA communications, member discounts for meetings, and other NJVMA Member benefits. However, only veterinarians receive full membership privileges, including the right to vote and hold office.

The structure of NJVMA allows for greater opportunities for associate veterinarians and veterinary practice team members to benefit from the programs and services offered by our association. The NJVMA recognizes that our membership benefits are primarily aimed at the practice as a whole (governmental affairs, regulatory affairs, promotion of the profession, etc.), rather than the individual.

How it Works
The practice pays dues, based on the number of full-time veterinarians, or full-time equivalent veterinarians, employed in the practice. There will be a lower dues rate for solo practitioners, and a reduced per capita dues rate for multi-doctor practices (see below for dues breakdown). Industrial, government and other non-practitioner veterinarians would pay dues at the solo practitioner rate. Current Emeritus Members would be grandfathered, and students would still receive free NJVMA membership while in veterinary school.

Membership Benefits

Business & Regulatory Assistance
Need to know how to get your new grad associate a temporary license? Call the NJVMA. What should you do when an animal is abandoned at your practice? Call the NJVMA. What are your client’s options for veterinary care when the puppy she just bought from the pet store has hip dysplasia? Call the NJVMA.

Group Health Benefits
The NJVMA is pleased to announce the availability of comprehensive, self-funded health benefit plans through the NJVMA and the Association Master Trust (AMT) with claim administration and provider networks provided by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey. These plans are only available to member practices with two or more full-time employees. NJVMA member practices now have access to self-funded medical and dental plans that provide coverage through some of the largest provider networks. Core medical products include Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans and a remarkable Point of Service (POS). There is competitive pricing that may offer some of the lowest rates in New Jersey and no primary care physician (gatekeeper) requirement or referral hassle.

Insurance Programs
Custom designed insurance for veterinarians and their practices. Coverage includes property/casualty, Safety Group Dividend Program and Worker’s Compensation.

NJVMA Programs and Services

  • One-stop source for questions on New Jersey practice
  • Credit Card Processing (through Retail Council Services Corp.)
  • Care Credit
  • Annual Meeting
  • Animal Hall of Fame
  • Liaison with State Board of Veterinary Examiners
  • Representation on NJ Animal Welfare Federation
  • Representation on Domestic Companion Animal Council
  • Representation on Animal Emergency Working Group (formerly AEPARC)
  • Legislative Committee (monitor bills and lobby)
  • Regulatory Review (review of all proposed NJ regulations)
  • Political Action Committee (grass roots network and contributions to key legislators)
  • Representation in AVMA House of Delegates
  • Public Relations activities (press releases, media relations, promotion of the profession, media training, etc.)
  • Website
  • Membership Directory
  • Annual Report
  • Weekly eGram
  • Mentoring of students and new grads
  • Annual Holiday party
  • Group Health Benefits Program
  • Safety Group Insurance Program (property casualty)
  • Sponsorship of Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC)
  • Constituent Association Support