June 2015 issue of The AVMA Advocate
Earlier this month, the AVMA applauded the FDA for releasing a long-awaited federal rule governing how medically important antibiotics can be used in food animals. The association also participated in a White House forum on antibiotic stewardship.
Animal diseases can wreak havoc on our livestock, threaten our food supply, impact our economy and even threaten citizens' lives, but one facility and its experts will soon help the country better prepare.
Since the introduction of the Horse Protection Amendments Act (S. 1161) on April 30, there are now two competing anti-soring bills in the Senate. On closer review, however, only one of the bills strikes at the heart of the soring issue.
On June 23, the AVMA called upon Congress to invest in basic research at several federal agencies and institutions, urging our nation's leaders to enact policies and make investments to help ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader.
On May 26, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that details how federal agencies need improvement in assessing future veterinary workforce needs.
On June 3, Congressmen Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) launched the Caucus for the Humane Bond. This House congressional caucus will focus on the human-animal bond and other related medical or ethical issues concerning animals.
Heading to AVMA's Convention this summer in Boston? AVMA's Governmental Relations Division staff will be available at the AVMA Pavilion to speak with members and students about the exciting opportunities we offer in Washington.
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