AABP Guidelines and Position Statements

AABP Board Policy for Guidelines and Position Statements


AABP guidelines and position statements are publicly available and serve to provide the expertise of our organization on a variety of topics of importance to cattle veterinarians and the dairy and beef industries. Guidelines and position statements are reviewed on a periodic basis following a member comment period, by relevant committees and approved by the AABP Board of Directors. Guidelines provide a detailed “how-to” guide for various topics and procedures. Position statements are used for advocacy to reflect the organization’s stance on a particular topic.


AABP Guidelines

Care and Disposition of Non-Ambulatory and Injured Ambulatory Cattle Guideline (April 2020)

Castration Guidelines (August 2019)

Dehorning Guidelines (November 2019)

Drug Use Guidelines for Bovine Practice (March 2015)

Establishing and Maintaining the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship in Bovine Practice (March 2020)

Key Elements for Implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship Plans in Bovine Veterinary Practices Working with Beef and Dairy Operations (July 2017)

Humane Euthanasia of Cattle Guidelines (August 2019)

Joint AABP-AVC Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle Guideline (March 2019)

Transportation of Cattle (August 2019)

AABP Position Statements

Principles of Animal Welfare September 2016

Aminoglycoside use in Cattle October 2016

Antimicrobial Resistance (July 2019)

Disclosure of BVD PI Animals Sept 2019

Raised Without Antibiotics Position Statement March 2018

Tail Docking September 2016

Transrectal Palpation and Ultrasound Aug 2019