The AVMA, representing roughly 80 percent of America’s veterinarians, serves as the voice for the veterinary profession before Congress and the federal agencies within the executive branch. Its governmental relations office, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., monitors any new bills that are introduced on Capitol Hill and meets with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for legislation that will enhance the veterinary medical field and help block the ones that will not.
In this section of the website, you can learn more about the work that the AVMA is doing to advocate the Association's policies and positions on federal legislative issues that influence animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession.
AVMA's Legislative Agenda provides a description of all of the bills within the Association's portfolio. Through its legislative scoring system, the AVMA prioritizes the legislation where it will devote staff time and resources to working to get passed or stopped. Click here to see legislative agendas for past Congresses, including highlights from the most recent 113th Congress, which ran Jan. 2013 - Jan. 2015.
Animal Health and Welfare
Conservation and Environmental Issues
Food Safety Issues
Small Business Issues
Veterinary Professional and Educational Issues
Want to know where your member of Congress stands on AVMA's high priority legislative issues? Check out AVMA's legislative scorecard, which provides a snapshot of the veterinary issues that are gaining traction in Congress. It also lists the candidates that AVMA’s Political Action Committee has supported.
Are you a member with a question on one of AVMA's legislative priorities? Click here to contact the staff person within AVMA's Governmental Relations Division who is responsible for that topic.
Reporters - please contact AVMA's Governmental Relations Communications Manager Victoria Broehm at firstname.lastname@example.org or the main Media Relations Department at email@example.com.