By: Stephanie Fisher, program manager and policy analyst, AVMA Governmental Relations Division
The 2015 AVMA Student Legislative Day is rapidly approaching, and veterinary students from across the country are preparing to storm Capitol Hill to tell Congress about the issues facing the profession.
Students will spend two days in Washington, D.C., during which they will learn about the legislative process and current bills in AVMA’s legislative portfolio, spend time discussing the issues with their legislators and exploring the nation’s capital. The fly-in aims to educate students, veterinarians and members of Congress on public policy issues facing the veterinary profession.
From the recently introduced Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, which provides incentives to livestock or public health veterinarians who practice in rural areas of the country that are in need of veterinary services, to student loan proposals expected to be considered under the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), attendees will have a lot to talk about with their elected officials.
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.
Last year, more than 100 veterinarians and students participated in AVMA’s Legislative Day advocating for bills such as the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which was passed into law August 2014.