2014 AVMA Legislative Fly-In

The annual AVMA Legislative Fly-In will take place Feb. 9-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to introduce veterinary students and veterinarians to the legislative process and to educate students, veterinarians and members of Congress on public policy issues facing the veterinary profession.

During the two-day meeting this upcoming spring, staff from AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) will provide briefings on current issues facing the veterinary medical profession on Capitol Hill. Attendees will also learn about how lobbying works, the role advocates play in the federal government and the important role veterinarians can play in shaping public policy.

The 2013 fly-in brought 65 veterinary students from across the country to the nation’s capital to participate in the event. Read their story here.

Attending this year's Fly-in? 

AVMA GRD staff  have prepared several videos to help you get familiar with the issues we will be discussing at the Fly-in. We also have tips on the legislative process, what makes a successful Capitol Hill meeting and how to stay involved even after you return home after the event.

How a Bill Becomes Law

Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, VMD, director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division (GRD), gives an overview of how a bill becomes a law and the role of the GRD office in Washington, D.C.

P.A.S.T. Act

Whitney Miller, DVM, assistant director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, discusses the inhumane practice of "soring" horses and legislation that would strengthen laws against this already illegal practice.

Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

Ashley Morgan, DVM and assistant director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, discusses the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act and the many ways that veterinarians need to be able to use controlled substances outside of their clinics.

VMLRP Enhancement Act

Gina Luke, assistant director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, discusses the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Enhancement Act and how it can help bring more veterinarians to rural areas of the country.

The Importance of Advocacy

Stephanie Fisher, program manager and policy analyst at the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, talks about the importance of being an advocate for the veterinary profession.

How to Prep for a Meeting

Victoria Broehm, communications manager at the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, has some communications tips to prepare legislative fly-in participants for their visits to Capitol Hill.

Questions?

For more information on the 2014 AVMA Legislative Fly-In, contact Stephanie Fisher in the GRD.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

Banfield Pet Hospital

AVMA would like to extend a special thank you to Banfield for its support in providing stipends to participating veterinary students, which will help to offset their travel expenses.