December 2015 issue of The Advocate

Hot News:

Congress has been dealing with some pretty tough issues, from the threat of ISIS to gun control and battling avian flu. Though our issues have not always been front-and-center, the AVMA Governmental Relations Division has been working to protect and promote the veterinary profession on Capitol Hill.

The AVMA's priorities were well represented in the $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 omnibus bill that Congress finally agreed upon and voted on earlier this month. 

If you went on National Journal's or Roll Call's websites this month, you would have seen the latest AVMA advertisements promoting an important bill that will help provide incentives to veterinarians who are willing to practice in underserved communities.

The AVMA has been working to ensure that tax breaks beneficial to veterinary medicine are included in the end-of-the-year $650 billion tax package, which was negotiated by lawmakers this month. 

House members have once again introduced a bill that will do nothing to improve the welfare of America's walking horses. The AVMA urges Congress to say "neigh" to the Horse Protection Amendments Act (H.R. 4105), which would allow the abusive practice of soring to continue.

A new AVMA video shares the story of Dr. Zach Vosburg, a mixed-animal practitioner in a rural community who has benefitted from the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program, a federal program that was the result of extensive AVMA advocacy efforts.

Other News:

Facebook: Forty-nine veterinarians will soon be serving in rural communities across 26 states thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent announcement of $4.5 million in loan repayment awards. More>

Twitter: Veterinarians warn pet owners about the dangers of sharing Thanksgiving foods with pets.​ More>