Wildlife VET Act

(H.R. 2269)

This bill aims to expand the workforce of veterinarians specialized in the care and conservation of wild animals by: developing educational programs focused on wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine; creating newly funded positions for wildlife and zoo clinical and research veterinarians; creating a loan repayment program to help limit the amount of educational debt of veterinary medical students that go into wildlife or zoological medicine; providing incentives to study and practice wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine; helping schools and colleges of veterinary medicine develop pilot curricula to train students in the health management of wildlife in their natural environment and in captivity; and by expanding the number of educational and training programs in wildlife and zoological medicine for veterinary students.

Status: Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.-20) introduced H.R. 2269 on May 27, 2015, and it was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture and to the House Committee on Natural Resources. On June 6, 2015, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Gina Luke

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