Field Advocacy Training Program gives veterinarians insight into becoming a strong activist

April 2012

By Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director of the AVMA GRD

Have you missed opportunities to participate in AVMA's legislative Fly-In? Is finding the time or resources to come to Washington, DC difficult? Do you want to hone your skills so you can successfully advocate for legislation at the state and federal levels? If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be interested in a new pilot program that the AVMA is offering to state veterinary medical associations (VMA) and societies, accredited colleges of veterinary medicine and local veterinary communities. The AVMA Field Advocacy Training Program bolsters a participant's confidence in their ability to effectively advance the legislative agenda of their state VMA as well as the AVMA.

The program is designed to inform and instill the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively advance public policy at both the national and state levels. It's critical that lawmakers hear from engaged and knowledgeable constituents regarding issues impacting the veterinary profession, i.e. the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, the Marketplace Fairness Act, and the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act.

Program participants will have opportunities to practice the art of grassroots lobbying, receive training on congressional protocol, learn from policy experts and engage in discussions with knowledgeable speakers on pertinent legislative issues relevant to veterinary medicine.

Decision makers in state VMAs, veterinary societies, and student chapters of the AVMA that may be interested in hosting training for their members are urged to contact Dr. Ashley Morgan for more information. Dr. Morgan will work closely with hosts to tailor a training to meet your needs and expectations. Together, we can make a difference!

The AVMA Advocate - News Bites - April 2012