March 2015 issue of The AVMA Advocate

Top News Stories:

Neither snow nor ice could stop 66 veterinary students from heading to the nation’s capital recently, where they were on a mission to tell their elected officials about several issues that impact the future of the veterinary profession and U.S. agriculture.
Out-of-state online and catalog companies that sell pet medicine, products or equipment can have a built-in advantage of as much as 10 percent over neighborhood veterinary clinics simply because they are not collecting legally owed state sales taxes. Now, the AVMA and many other businesses across the country have joined together to continue their support for federal legislation that will level the playing field for all businesses.
On March 4, Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) introduced the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act of 2015 (H.R. 1258), which is a bipartisan bill aimed at helping victims of domestic violence or stalking.

Other News:

House members rally lawmakers to support food and agricultural research
To successfully address myriad challenges facing the United States and the world relating to food, agriculture and natural resources, Congress must increase its budget for competitive research at the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

AVMA urges Congress to reject calls for additional budget cuts to 2014 Farm Bill 
The AVMA and a coalition of nearly 400 organizations representing a broad range of interests impacted by the Farm Bill – from veterinarians to farmers and ranchers, to agribusiness and food banks – urged U.S. Senate and House leaders to reject calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill.
White House should encourage “One Health” integration at domestic, global levels
Although the concept of “One Health” is increasingly accepted around the world as the interface between human, animal and environmental health, the agencies responsible for monitoring and preventing zoonotic disease outbreaks have yet to fully integrate, exposing gaps in the government’s response. Now, several senators and the AVMA are calling on the White House to look into how to better integrate the agencies responsible for One Health initiatives within the domestic and international arena.

Spotted: AVMA ads support loan enhancement act
Have you been on National Journal’s website this month? If so, you probably saw a certain rooster telling Congress to “cock-a-doodle do something” on a vital bill that will place more veterinarians into rural areas where they are needed most.

AVMA applauds relaunch of Congressional Veterinary Caucus
To spur interest in and understanding of the role that veterinary medicine plays in modern society, Congressmen Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) relaunched the Congressional Veterinary Caucus. They will once again serve as caucus co-chairs.
AVMA-GRD educates future veterinarians at SAVMA Symposium
The AVMA-CAN traveled to the SAVMA Symposium this month as part of its outreach to veterinary students. AVMA Governmental Relations Division staff educated veterinary students from across the country about all the opportunities available in Washington, D.C., from student externships and congressional fellowships, to the annual AVMA Student Legislative Fly-in. 
Externs on the Hill: Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection
We started out by attending the first panel of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection, which is putting together long- and short-term recommendations for Congress regarding biosecurity.

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