Past Veterinary Workforce Issues

Issue Summaries for the 112th Congress

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Veterinary Services Investments Act (VSIA)
This bi-partisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would establish a competitive grant program to bolster our nation's food safety, public health, animal health and welfare. VSIA would bolster the availability of veterinary services in geographic areas designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA).
Status: The legislation was introduced on May 24, 2011 by U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, (D-Mich.) and Thad Cochran, (R-Miss.). It was referred to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.
AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Passage
Primary Contact: Gina Luke 

H.R. 525 Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act
This legislation adds veterinary public health as an eligible grantee for public health workforce grants (authorized by Section 5206 of PL 111-148), and makes veterinarians studying public health eligible for Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program to assure an adequate supply of public health professionals in federal, state, local, and tribal public health agencies.

Status: Introduced 2/9/11, referred to Committee on Energy & Commerce. 3/2/11, passed by E&C. 3/8/11, passed by the House of Representatives (280-138). 3/9/11, H.R. 525 was received in the Senate and referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Passage
Primary Contact: Mark Lutschaunig