Wildlife VETs Act introduced
By Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director of the AVMA GRD
Education and training of veterinarians in wildlife and zoological medicine was the focus of legislation recently introduced on Capitol Hill. H.R.3886, The Wildlife Veterinarians Employment and Training (VET) Act, will provide grants to institutions to expand the education and training of veterinarians in wildlife and zoological medicine. The legislation will also provide access to loan repayment options and scholarships for veterinary students who choose a career in wildlife and/or zoological medicine.
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) introduced the legislation on Feb. 2. Reps. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), James P. Moran (D-Va.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D- D.C.) were original co-sponsors of the bill.
While the AVMA is currently in the process of reviewing the details of this new bill, it has supported similar legislation in the past. The AVMA issued a press release on the introduction of the legislation.
For more information please contact Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division.