January 2016 issue of The Advocate

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After careful review and examination by several volunteer committees, the AVMA Board of Directors at its Jan. 8 meeting decided to take a position of "no action" on the Veterinarian Payments Sunshine Act, which has not yet been introduced in Congress.

Each year, many veterinary students are among the roughly half million students borrowing Perkins Loans to help finance their education. This low-interest federal student loan expired last September, but was resurrected and passed at the end of 2015. 

The AVMA is teaming up with SAVMA to host a joint 2016 legislative fly-in that will bring veterinary students and veterinarians to participate in a two-day workshop. The 8th AVMA Legislative Fly-In will take place Feb. 28- March 1 in Washington, D.C. 

AVMA's Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA-CAN) met with AVMA members in Florida at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando Jan. 17-20. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependency has once again recommended that ketamine not be placed under international control, citing concerns that international scheduling could limit medical access to an important treatment drug.
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