AVMA leadership proudly presented Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) with the 2014 AVMA Advocacy Award on Dec. 12 for being a true champion for veterinary medicine in the halls of Congress.
Of his many achievements in the 113th Congress, which just ended Jan. 3, Moran was one of the leading sponsors of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, a bill that gives veterinarians the ability to carry and use controlled substances beyond their clinics to treat their animal patients. Thanks to his efforts, the bill passed unanimously in the Senate in January 2014 and ultimately was signed into law by President Obama last August.
Moran has also been a staunch advocate for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), which is a bio-containment facility used to study foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases that threaten U.S. animal agriculture and public health. This facility received $404 million for its construction in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, one of the many AVMA appropriations priorities which the senator endorses.
Moran cosponsored the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act last Congress, calling attention to a vital program that helps place veterinarians in areas of the country where they are needed most in exchange for loan repayment. Although this bill did not move last Congress, the senator has indicated his intention to champion the bill once again in the new Congress.
Outside of legislating, Moran generously gave his time to speak to AVMA members and veterinary students at events, including the 2014 AVMA Legislative Fly-In in which he told attendees that one of his two daughters is studying veterinary medicine at Kansas State University.
Moran is one of seven congressmen who have been honored with the AVMA Advocacy Award. This award is given annually to an individual to recognize his/her contributions to advance AVMA’s legislative agenda and advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession.
Please join us in congratulating Sen. Moran for his efforts. We look forward to continuing to work with him in the 114th Congress.