Congress considers veterinary legislation

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To help safeguard the U.S. against the threat of agroterrorism, Congress is considering funding to increase the number of veterinarians in this country.

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Col.) introduced the Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act in the Senate. The American Veterinary Medical Association, together with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, is urging Congress to pass and fund this legislation.

The federal government hasn’t allocated general funding for veterinary medical education in nearly 30 years.

The AVMA urges the public to take action by contacting their Senators to request funding of the Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act. The requested $1.5 billion over 10 years with 75 percent reserved for existing veterinary colleges will build infrastructure, research laboratories and provide training for veterinary students in public health, food safety, food security, infectious diseases, global health and environmental quality.

AVMA, Pork magazine

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