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  1. I have spent the last year working with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service in support of the US / Afghanistan agricultural development strategy and would like to briefly share my perspective on how the AVMA benefits its members.

    Afghanistan’s veterinary sector is hurting; so many of the things we take for granted in the US – pharmaceutical companies that manufacture efficacious drugs, border security that keeps out counterfeit products, regulatory processes that result in safe, effective vaccines – do not exist in Afghanistan. In addition, the veterinary education sector is sadly lacking in quality instructors and quality facilities. I’ve come to appreciate the support roles our government and professional organizations play because I’ve seen how badly things can deteriorate (and how hard it is to turn things around) when those support mechanisms do not exist.

    Two critical ways the AVMA supports the veterinary infrastructure of the US:
    1) Through its interaction in the political process. Most congressmen are not veterinarians and may not fully understand the wide scope of activities supported by veterinary medicine – food safety, zoonotic disease control (for example the interaction between the veterinary and human medical professions in the control of the BSE / vCJD epidemic of the recent decades), support for the economical production (and major export product of our country) of animal protein products, assurance of humane slaughter – and the AVMA serves not only to represent our interests but also to shape regulations in the best interests of both the veterinary industry and the American public;
    2) Through its accreditation process in veterinary education. The United States can be rightfully proud of its veterinary education sector and the AVMA plays the leading role in assuring veterinary educational institutions deliver a quality education and graduate DVM’s who are competent in their profession and leaders of the future. The AVMA’s accreditation process is a dynamic one, constantly comparing trends in society and the animal industry with current veterinary education programs, keeping veterinary education “ahead of the curve” and assuring the relevance of the veterinary profession and the continued support our profession provides to society.

    The above list is not meant to be all inclusive but it’s what comes to me at 1 in the morning in Afghanistan!

    Thomas J. Vermeersch, DVM
    USDA Nangarhar PRT
    Jalalabad, Afghanistan