American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) President and Director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Craig Carter, DVM, PhD, flew to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Senators McConnell (Senate Minority Leader) and Rand and Representative Hal Rogers’ (Chair of House Appropriations Committee) legislative staff to discuss the issue of continued NAHLN funding. AAVLD Vice President Tom McKenna, DVM, PhD, also spent time this week visiting all of the members of Congress from Wisconsin, and met with Senator Kohl.
“Basically, the AAVLD is doing everything it can to better inform Congress on the importance of the NAHLN as truly the only early warning and monitoring system the U.S. has to aid in preventing/managing devastating animal disease outbreaks,” Carter says. “We are emphasizing that this is not a research program, rather serving more like a ready reserve for the federal laboratories. Also, every dollar invested in our state and university labs provides a direct payback to state revenues, thereby creating jobs and benefiting our struggling economy.”
USAHA has worked closely with the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians for more than 50 years, Halstead adds. “The livestock industry and regulatory officials know the importance of strong laboratory support. AAVLD has truly become a champion for the NAHLN, and USAHA has fully supported this since its inception.”
How you can help
Veterinarians are encouraged to write to their senators and representatives about continuing NAHLN funding. You can download a model letter from the USAHA Web site here.