American Veterinary Medical Association Congressional Advocacy Network

American Veterinary Medical Association Congressional Advocacy Network AVMA-CAN is now on Twitter! Follow us to receive news and updates on legislation and advocacy. http://www.twitter.com/avmacan Become a member of the AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA-CAN) and help advocate for veterinary medicine and for important issues that impact our lives daily.
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As a member of AVMA-CAN, you will receive periodic updates on current legislation and regulatory measures, along with methods through which you can contact federal officials to make a difference. Keep track of legislation affecting the veterinary profession with alerts and updates, read summaries of key bills and find out how your legislators are voting. With your help, AVMA-CAN will make a difference in Washington, D.C.

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"On behalf of the veterinary profession, we will work with Congress and other stakeholders to expand the availability of...
07/21/2021
The Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans Applauds the Introduction of Legislation to Protect and Promote All AHPs – The Power of A

"On behalf of the veterinary profession, we will work with Congress and other stakeholders to expand the availability of Association Health Plans to ensure veterinarians & their teams receive the coverage they deserve.” - Dr. Douglas Kratt, AVMA President https://bit.ly/3zrnkfn

WASHINGTON – On behalf of small businesses and self-employed individuals across the country, we applaud Representatives Walberg (R-MI), Foxx (R-NC), Burgess (R-TX), and Allen (R-GA), along with Senators Kennedy (R-LA), Rubio (R-FL), Sasse (R-NE), Braun (R-IN), Scott (R-FL), and Hyde-Smith (R-MS), ...

A special thank you to Veterinary Medicine Caucus Co-chairs Congressman Kurt Schrader & Rep. Dusty Johnson for attending...
06/30/2021

A special thank you to Veterinary Medicine Caucus Co-chairs
Congressman Kurt Schrader & Rep. Dusty Johnson for attending our Virtual Lunch and Learn on animal welfare - we appreciate everything you do to support veterinary medicine!

A special thank you to Veterinary Medicine Caucus Co-chairs
Congressman Kurt Schrader & Rep. Dusty Johnson for attending our Virtual Lunch and Learn on animal welfare - we appreciate everything you do to support veterinary medicine!

The Healthy Dog Importation Act would provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies with additio...
06/30/2021
Dog importation bill would better protect animals and people

The Healthy Dog Importation Act would provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies with additional resources to ensure dogs brought into the U.S. are healthy and not a risk to animal and public health. Read our latest blog for full details: https://bit.ly/2SBvulo

AVMA worked with lawmakers to get the Healthy Dog Importation Act reintroduced in Congress. The legislation would reduce the spread of dangerous diseases that threaten animal and public health.

#AVMA reaffirms support for the Healthy Dog Importation Act. The legislation, reintroduced by veterinarian Congressman K...
06/29/2021
AVMA supports federal legislation to strengthen dog importation requirements

#AVMA reaffirms support for the Healthy Dog Importation Act. The legislation, reintroduced by veterinarian Congressman Kurt Schrader and Rep. Dusty Johnson, would reduce the spread of diseases that could be dangerous to both human and animal health: https://bit.ly/3hm7QBG

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today reaffirmed its support for the Healthy Dog Importation Act, designed to reduce the spread of diseases that could be dangerous to both human and animal health.

ICYMI: #AVMA secures reintroduction of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act in the Senate. The...
06/29/2021
Alleviating veterinary shortages: Efforts reintroduced in Senate

ICYMI: #AVMA secures reintroduction of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act in the Senate. The bill would increase access to veterinary care in rural areas and enable more veterinarians to receive student loan relief: https://bit.ly/3h9A8Rj

The VMLRP Enhancement Act would enable more veterinarians to receive student loan relief, and help increase access to rural veterinary care.

The AVMA-championed #VMLRP Enhancement Act has now been reintroduced in the Senate thanks to the leadership of Senator D...
06/25/2021

The AVMA-championed #VMLRP Enhancement Act has now been reintroduced in the Senate thanks to the leadership of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Mike Crapo. Using this momentum, the #AVMA will work with Congress to get this critical legislation enacted into law. https://bit.ly/3h3mxcY

The AVMA-championed #VMLRP Enhancement Act has now been reintroduced in the Senate thanks to the leadership of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Mike Crapo. Using this momentum, the #AVMA will work with Congress to get this critical legislation enacted into law. https://bit.ly/3h3mxcY

Look at this elite canine co-worker crew! 🐶 #TakeYourDogToWorkDay
06/25/2021

Look at this elite canine co-worker crew! 🐶 #TakeYourDogToWorkDay

It's #TakeYourDogToWorkDay, a time to celebrate our favorite canine co-workers & everything they do to support us in the...
06/25/2021

It's #TakeYourDogToWorkDay, a time to celebrate our favorite canine co-workers & everything they do to support us in the office/virtual office. Below are a few pictures of the AVMA's advocacy team & their furry friends. Join us by sharing pictures of you & your dog at work today!

Ensuring Congress funds the #VMLRP is one of the AVMA’s top legislative priorities each year. The AVMA is advocating for...
06/11/2021
Push to address student debt, veterinary shortages is renewed

Ensuring Congress funds the #VMLRP is one of the AVMA’s top legislative priorities each year. The AVMA is advocating for an expansion of the program to enable more veterinarians to receive student loan relief and increase access to veterinary care: https://bit.ly/3mx2HZI

With sustained advocacy from the AVMA, Congress has reintroduced legislation that would help address student debt and rural veterinary shortages.

The office pets for Team Tillis have some outstanding resumes! #NPW2021
05/08/2021

The office pets for Team Tillis have some outstanding resumes! #NPW2021

05/07/2021

A special thank you to Veterinary Medicine Caucus Co-chair Congressman Kurt Schrader for all he has done for the profession. Happy National Pet Week to you, your staff, and especially all the lovely pets that are a part of Team Schrader! #NPW2021

Thank you to all the #AVMA members that made this year’s #AVMAFlyIn a tremendous success! Read our latest blog for a rec...
04/23/2021
Virtual fly-in connects 200+ veterinary advocates with Congress

Thank you to all the #AVMA members that made this year’s #AVMAFlyIn a tremendous success! Read our latest blog for a recap of the day and how you can receive updates on the next legislative fly-in: https://bit.ly/32KukFL

AVMA’s annual legislative fly-in brought 211 veterinary students and veterinarians together online with members of Congress to advocate for veterinary needs.

Senator Chuck Grassley is a #OneHealth Champion and recognizes the interconnection between animal, human and environment...
04/21/2021

Senator Chuck Grassley is a #OneHealth Champion and recognizes the interconnection between animal, human and environmental health (bit.ly/2NJCgmF). Thank you for supporting this initiative and meeting with the AVMA. #AVMAFlyIn

Senator Chuck Grassley is a #OneHealth Champion and recognizes the interconnection between animal, human and environmental health (bit.ly/2NJCgmF). Thank you for supporting this initiative and meeting with the AVMA. #AVMAFlyIn

As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a steadfast champion of veterinary medicine, Senator Debbie Staben...
04/21/2021

As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a steadfast champion of veterinary medicine, Senator Debbie Stabenow is vital to enacting legislation that would advance the profession and improve animal health and welfare. Thank you for meeting with us. #AVMAFlyIn

As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a steadfast champion of veterinary medicine, Senator Debbie Stabenow is vital to enacting legislation that would advance the profession and improve animal health and welfare. Thank you for meeting with us. #AVMAFlyIn

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Congressman David Scott recognizes the importance of supporting veterinarian...
04/21/2021

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Congressman David Scott recognizes the importance of supporting veterinarians, the challenges they face, and the positive impact they have on animal and public health. Thank you for your leadership & for meeting with us during the #AVMAFlyIn.

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Congressman David Scott recognizes the importance of supporting veterinarians, the challenges they face, and the positive impact they have on animal and public health. Thank you for your leadership & for meeting with us during the #AVMAFlyIn.

As the only veterinarian in Congress, Congressman Kurt Schrader understands veterinary issues and champions the professi...
04/21/2021

As the only veterinarian in Congress, Congressman Kurt Schrader understands veterinary issues and champions the profession in the House of Representatives. Thank you for your longstanding commitment to veterinary medicine and for meeting with us during our #AVMAFlyIn.

As the only veterinarian in Congress, Congressman Kurt Schrader understands veterinary issues and champions the profession in the House of Representatives. Thank you for your longstanding commitment to veterinary medicine and for meeting with us during our #AVMAFlyIn.

Senator Mike Crapo, a champion of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, has advocated for the ...
04/21/2021

Senator Mike Crapo, a champion of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, has advocated for the expansion of the #VMLRP to help address rural veterinary shortages and alleviate student debt. Thank you for meeting with us today! #AVMAFlyIn

Senator Mike Crapo, a champion of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, has advocated for the expansion of the #VMLRP to help address rural veterinary shortages and alleviate student debt. Thank you for meeting with us today! #AVMAFlyIn

As the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers uses her leade...
04/21/2021

As the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers uses her leadership position to support veterinarians across the country. Thank you for meeting with the AVMA and discussing the top policy issues impacting veterinary medicine. #AVMAFlyIn

As the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers uses her leadership position to support veterinarians across the country. Thank you for meeting with the AVMA and discussing the top policy issues impacting veterinary medicine. #AVMAFlyIn

As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Richard Neal was influential in securing #PPP loans for t...
04/21/2021

As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Richard Neal was influential in securing #PPP loans for the profession during #COVID19. He’s been responsive to our concerns, including removing burdensome taxes on U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinary programs, such as #VMLRP. #AVMAFlyIn

As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Richard Neal was influential in securing #PPP loans for the profession during #COVID19. He’s been responsive to our concerns, including removing burdensome taxes on U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinary programs, such as #VMLRP. #AVMAFlyIn

Rep. Rodney Davis is a strong advocate for the profession and ensures the voice of the veterinarian is heard on the Hous...
04/21/2021

Rep. Rodney Davis is a strong advocate for the profession and ensures the voice of the veterinarian is heard on the House Agriculture Committee. We appreciate you meeting with us today during the #AVMAFlyIn.

Rep. Rodney Davis is a strong advocate for the profession and ensures the voice of the veterinarian is heard on the House Agriculture Committee. We appreciate you meeting with us today during the #AVMAFlyIn.

This is Rep. Dusty Johnson's first term as Co-Chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus and his science-driven approach to...
04/21/2021

This is Rep. Dusty Johnson's first term as Co-Chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus and his science-driven approach to policy is invaluable to advancing legislation that is critical to the profession. We appreciate you taking the time to meet with us. #AVMAFlyIn

This is Rep. Dusty Johnson's first term as Co-Chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus and his science-driven approach to policy is invaluable to advancing legislation that is critical to the profession. We appreciate you taking the time to meet with us. #AVMAFlyIn

#COVID19 has demonstrated the need for a nationwide, #OneHealth approach to zoonotic disease outbreaks. U.S. Senator Tin...
04/21/2021

#COVID19 has demonstrated the need for a nationwide, #OneHealth approach to zoonotic disease outbreaks. U.S. Senator Tina Smith reintroduced legislation that focuses on prevention efforts & improved coordination among federal agencies (bit.ly/2NJCgmF). Thank you, Senator. #AVMAFlyIn

#COVID19 has demonstrated the need for a nationwide, #OneHealth approach to zoonotic disease outbreaks. U.S. Senator Tina Smith reintroduced legislation that focuses on prevention efforts & improved coordination among federal agencies (bit.ly/2NJCgmF). Thank you, Senator. #AVMAFlyIn

Recently, Rep. Ron Kind reintroduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (https://bit.ly/3mx2...
04/21/2021

Recently, Rep. Ron Kind reintroduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (https://bit.ly/3mx2HZI), which addresses rural veterinary shortages & educational debt. Thank you for leading the way forward on this legislation & meeting w/ the AVMA. #AVMAFlyIn

Recently, Rep. Ron Kind reintroduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (https://bit.ly/3mx2HZI), which addresses rural veterinary shortages & educational debt. Thank you for leading the way forward on this legislation & meeting w/ the AVMA. #AVMAFlyIn

Over 225 veterinary professionals are participating in AVMA’s biggest legislative fly-in. The #AVMAFlyIn will bring vete...
04/21/2021

Over 225 veterinary professionals are participating in AVMA’s biggest legislative fly-in. The #AVMAFlyIn will bring veterinarians and veterinary students together to meet virtually with Members of Congress and their staffs to advocate on behalf of the profession.

Participants will connect with all 100 Senate offices and more than 155 House offices to discuss critical issues impacting the veterinary profession. Be sure to follow this channel throughout the day for recaps and highlights of the 2021 AVMA Fly-In.

Over 225 veterinary professionals are participating in AVMA’s biggest legislative fly-in. The #AVMAFlyIn will bring veterinarians and veterinary students together to meet virtually with Members of Congress and their staffs to advocate on behalf of the profession.

Participants will connect with all 100 Senate offices and more than 155 House offices to discuss critical issues impacting the veterinary profession. Be sure to follow this channel throughout the day for recaps and highlights of the 2021 AVMA Fly-In.

ICYMI: #AVMA’s advocacy pays off: Congress has reintroduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement A...
04/09/2021
Push to address student debt, veterinary shortages is renewed

ICYMI: #AVMA’s advocacy pays off: Congress has reintroduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, which would expand the #VMLRP’s effectiveness in combatting rural veterinary shortages and student loan debt: bit.ly/3mx2HZI

With sustained advocacy from the AVMA, Congress has reintroduced legislation that would help address student debt and rural veterinary shortages.

TAKE ACTION: Call on your representative to support the #VMLRP Enhancement Act! Passage of this bill would help address ...
04/08/2021
Tell Congress to expand the VMLRP’s effectiveness and reach

TAKE ACTION: Call on your representative to support the #VMLRP Enhancement Act!

Passage of this bill would help address rural veterinary shortages across the country and alleviate recent graduates from the burden of educational debt: https://bit.ly/3s3ro1d

Ask your members of Congress to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, which would help address student debt and rural veterinary shortages.

ICYMI: The U.S. Small Business Administration has increased the limit for #COVID19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans to two...
04/07/2021
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan

ICYMI: The U.S. Small Business Administration has increased the limit for #COVID19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans to two years with a max loan amount of $500,000.

Find out more here 👉https://bit.ly/3dFOntT

This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

The #PaycheckProtection Program Extension Act, which extends the #PPP to May 31, has been signed into law. Full details ...
04/01/2021
COVID-19 relief options

The #PaycheckProtection Program Extension Act, which extends the #PPP to May 31, has been signed into law.

Full details of the U.S. Small Business Administration's pandemic relief options can be found here: sba.gov/relief

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TAKE ACTION: Urge your representatives in Congress to cosponsor the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through #OneHealth ...
03/24/2021
Ask Congress to Advance One Health Legislation

TAKE ACTION: Urge your representatives in Congress to cosponsor the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through #OneHealth Act! The #COVID19 pandemic has shown us that human, animal, & environmental health are more interconnected now than ever. Act now👉 https://avmacan.avma.org/campaign/32029/

It’s more important than ever that public health officials take a coordinated approach to animal, human, and environmental health. Urge Congress to support the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act.

ICYMI: #AVMA advocacy team secures reintroduction of crucial #OneHealth legislation that establishes a framework where f...
03/23/2021
AVMA and congressional allies call for passage of One Health bill

ICYMI: #AVMA advocacy team secures reintroduction of crucial #OneHealth legislation that establishes a framework where federal agencies work to increase the nation’s disease outbreak preparedness: http://bit.ly/2NJCgmF

With strong support from the AVMA, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced legislation that would be an important step in implementing a nationwide, One Health approach to combat zoonotic diseases.

The AVMA is dedicated to working closely with Congress to build support for a critically important bill that would help ...
03/22/2021
AVMA Continues Push for Passage of One Health Legislation

The AVMA is dedicated to working closely with Congress to build support for a critically important bill that would help implement a nationwide, #OneHealth approach to zoonotic diseases: http://bit.ly/3f4c1CQ

Legislation that would help implement a nationwide, One Health approach to zoonotic diseases was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress.

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