Join Us on the Hill

You’ve probably heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a hill – as in Capitol Hill – to create, nurture and pass legislation, and the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division is a key player in that process. You need look no further than the Veterinary Services Investment Act (VSIA) to see how critical a role we play in helping advance legislation that benefits the veterinary profession. We drafted the bill and are working with Congressional members on both sides of the aisle to help get this bipartisan legislation passed. If we’re successful, the legislation will help us confront critical veterinary service shortages and will assist states in addressing their unique veterinary workforce needs.

 Doing so is no easy task, and we certainly can’t do it alone. We’re getting support from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, dozens of Congressional members and our own Legislative Advisory Committee. So far, more than 100 groups have endorsed the bill, including every state veterinary medical association, veterinary specialty groups and allied groups.

 Courting strategic partners when it comes to advancing our legislative agenda is a key part of the process, and we could use your help. If your elected official has already co-sponsored VSIA, please write them and thank them. If they have yet to throw their support behind the bill, please take a couple of minutes to write them and let them know that you support it and that they should too. Every little bit helps, and we can all make a difference.

3 thoughts on “Join Us on the Hill

  1. I am with Dr. Trupin. In the state of Tennesse, non-licensed assistants are practicing veterinary technology and the public is not aware. We do need a practice act that tightens the laws.

  2. My comment relates to our states needing help updating our practice act for veterinary medicine. Currently in the state on TN lay people can perform veterinary procedures and charge for it thanks to the Bonnie Cady
    ruling. What’s the point of paying to be a licensed veterinarian when now lay people can legally perform as a veterinarian? We need help AVMA. It seems logical that a generic practice act for states to use could be and should be drafted by the AVMA.
    Vikki Trupin, DVM
    Pulaski, TN

    • Thank you for your interest. The AVMA issued its first version of a model practice act back in the 1960s. It has been revised several times since then and can be found at It contains very specific instructions on nonveterinarians needing veterinary supervision to work on animals. Many states have adopted language from our practice act. I know the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association is working hard to change the practice act to overturn legislatively the decision you refer to.
      Adrian Hochstadt, JD
      Assistant Director
      State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
      American Veterinary Medical Association