In today’s complex political environment, passing legislation is difficult. But while many aspects of the political rulebook have changed, one factor remains the same: members of Congress care what their constituents think.
That’s why we always encourage AVMA members to amplify our voice in Washington with their own. As of this week, we have an improved tool to make it even easier for you to do so.
We’ve just launched a new and improved AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA CAN) website to help the veterinary community quickly contact Congress on issues important to the veterinary profession.
The new AVMA CAN website has improved navigation and usability to make it even easier for you to identify the key legislative issues affecting veterinary medicine; quickly personalize and send letters to your members of Congress to let them know your stance; and look up your legislators to find their contact information. The site features new tools as well – including an ability to share your story with us on key issues, so our team can provide personal examples of the impact of legislation on constituents. We’ve also made the site more mobile-friendly, so it can be a more effective tool for you even when you’re on the go and using your phone. Here’s what it looks like; we encourage you to click on the image to experience all the features of the new site.
As we head into the fall, veterinary voices will be key to advancing our profession’s shared concerns through Congress. There is an ongoing battle around the preservation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which many veterinarians are counting on, and letters and stories from veterinarians are vital to protect this program. You can easily write Congress in support of the program through the new AVMA CAN website, and you can share your Public Service Loan Forgiveness story through the site as well. Your voices also will be key in advancing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act.
So far, more than 30,000 veterinarians, veterinary students and friends of the veterinary community have joined AVMA CAN to stay abreast of legislative issues that impact veterinary medicine. If you haven’t signed up, you can do so here to receive information about how you can support and protect the veterinary profession. If you already are an AVMA CAN member, we thank you for your dedication – and, if you feel inclined, we encourage you to share the sign-up link with your friends and colleagues!
If you’re interested in other ways to speak up on behalf of the veterinary profession, you can visit our get involved page to learn about additional programs and our Political Action Committee.
Look for future improvements to the AVMA CAN website later this year. We’re working to create additional tools that will allow you to tweet your members of Congress or even post to their Facebook pages.