December 2014


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Congress lets clock run out on bill to protect walking horses

Despite the AVMA's and its many members' urgent calls to vote on the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act before Congress adjourned its session, Senate and House leadership failed to bring the bill to the floor. The bill had the support of more than 365 lawmakers, every state veterinary medical association, and numerous other veterinary organizations and individuals. 

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Congress funds government programs through fiscal 2015

The AVMA was pleased to see funding for key programs and agencies of great importance to veterinary medicine fare well in the legislation, which has now been signed by the president.

2014 sees crack down on animal fighting
As we reflect on our accomplishments in 2014 and look forward to the start of a new Congress, the strides made against animal fighting continue to be a bright spot in AVMA's work to protect animal welfare.




Former AVMA fellow showcases diversity of skills veterinarians provide
After starting Michigan's first cat hospital, Dr. Terry Ryan Kane wanted to go back to her roots as a scientist. That's where the AVMA Fellowship Program came into play, helping her dive into a new career while teaching her the skills she needed to navigate a new field.


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Hey, Congress! Veterinarians have the solutions
This month, the AVMA launched an advertising campaign that educates incoming members of Congress on the many areas in which veterinarians are involved and urges their continued support on key legislative initiatives in the next congressional session.



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