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Farm Bill Update


The recently passed Farm Bill, signed by President Obama on Dec. 7, was one of the AAVMC's top legislative priorities this year and is of enormous importance to our members. We will continue to advocate for appropriations to fund the bill’s provisions.

On July 2, 2013, the AAVMC joined 531 other organizations in an unprecedented sign of mutual support by signing this letter, addressed to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, requesting that he bring the bill back to the House floor and pass it.

Now that the bill is passed, find out what it means to our members here.

The Governmental Affairs program works to secure resources in support of academic veterinary medicine. This includes informing and influencing policymakers and their staff on important issues that affect veterinary medicine’s impact on public health, including biomedical research, agriculture, and animal welfare, as well as both direct and indirect support for colleges of veterinary medicine.


Working closely with the government relations officers who serve our members, we monitor, review and respond to federal legislation or regulations that affect veterinary medical education. This includes maintaining a continuous presence on Capitol Hill to inform decision-makers and the public about the critical role that veterinary medical education plays. It contributes to society’s overall quality of life by educating veterinarians who advance medical knowledge, help to recognize and prevent the spread of diseases and pathogens, and protect our nation’s food supply.

We reach out to all branches of government to encourage the development of policies that will benefit veterinary medical education, and to explain the many ways in which such support will also enhance animal and public health.

With input from our Advocacy Committee, the governmental affairs program identifies and addresses critical issues in veterinary medical education, such as the need for increased diversity and the crushing debt load often carried by graduates. Our work includes supporting initiatives designed to encourage a wider spectrum of students, to reduce veterinary medical student debt through public and private support and loan-forgiveness programs, and to recognize the contributions that veterinarians make to our public health system.

Finally, we work to keep the importance of veterinary medical education in the public’s eye through media outreach, public events and Hill briefings that highlight the crucial role that academic veterinary medicine plays in advancing society’s well-being.

In May 2013, the AAVMC joined 36 other organizations in support of the National Health Care Commission. The National Healthcare Workforce Commission was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010. The commission was designed to be an expert resource for Congress and other policymakers, in order to make sure that the healthcare system could handle the additional individuals who would be receiving coverage under the ACA. The 15-member body has never been funded, however, despite bi-partisan agreement that it would be useful.

See the letter that the AAVMC and like-minded organizations sent to the House and Senate appropriations leadership here.

Legislators Form Veterinary Medicine Caucus

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), both veterinarians, have joined forces to form the first-ever, bipartisan Veterinary Medicine Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. In March 2013, the congressmen invited fellow representatives to join the caucus, underscoring the critical role the veterinary medical profession plays in a healthy society. The caucus aims to increase awareness of the importance of veterinary medicine to research, public health, animal health and welfare, food safety and our overall economy.


Farm Bill Update

The Farm Bill is one of the AAVMC's legislative priorities this year, as both the House and Senate versions contain the Veterinary Services Grant Program, a new $10 million provision that is of enormous importance to our members. On July 2, 2013, the AAVMC joined 531 other organizations in an unprecedented sign of mutal support by signing this letter, addressed to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, requesting that he bring the bill back to the House floor and pass it.


Governmental Affairs Initiatives

 

Priorities for Fiscal Year 2014


Appropriations Recommendations for the 113th Congress

USDA

NIH

HRSA

Other legislative positions and congressional actions
Executive Branch Activities



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