New GRD videos highlight veterinary issues before Congress

By: Stephanie Fisher, program manager and policy analyst, Governmental Relations Division

2014 GRD Fly InThe 2014 AVMA Legislative Fly-In is rapidly approaching, and students and veterinarians alike are preparing to storm Capitol Hill to tell Congress about the issues the profession is facing. AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) has developed several videos to help AVMA members familiarize themselves with the legislative issues.

The fly-in will take place Feb. 9-11 in Washington, D.C., and will introduce veterinary students and veterinarians to the legislative process. It aims to educate students, veterinarians and members of Congress on public policy issues facing the veterinary profession.

From the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which will ensure veterinarians can provide complete care to their patients, to the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which will outlaw the inhumane practice of “soring” horses, to the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, which will bring more veterinarians to rural areas of the country, fly-in participants will have a lot to talk about to their elected officials.

We also have tips on the legislative process, notes on what makes a successful Capitol Hill meeting, and examples of how to stay involved even after you return home from the event.

You can check out all of the videos online here.

Those who aren’t attending the fly-in can also reach out to Congress about these issues.  Call or write your members of Congress through the AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA-CAN). We have information about all of the aforementioned bills and using the AVMA-CAN link can make it easy for you to contact your legislators.

For more information on the AVMA Legislative Fly-In, contact Stephanie Fisher in the GRD.

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