AVMA's Annual Legislative Fly-In

The AVMA Governmental Relations Division is teaming up with SAVMA to host a joint 2016 Legislative Fly-in that will bring veterinary students and veterinarians to Washington, D.C., to participate in a two-day workshop.

The event will introduce participants to the legislative process and brief them on the federal legislation that impacts the veterinary profession. AVMA’s governmental relations team will spend the first day of the workshop educating participants on high-priority legislation before setting them loose on Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials.

The 8th AVMA Legislative Fly-In will take place Feb. 28-March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Legislation in focus for 2016:

Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S.1200)


This legislation would require veterinarians to provide clients with written prescriptions for their pets, regardless of the clients’ wishes. This bill is unnecessary because clients should already have the ability to fill a prescription at a pharmacy of their choice. Though not required by federal law, the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and its guide on Client Requests for Prescriptions encourage veterinarians to write a prescription in lieu of dispensing a medication when asked by a client, and a majority of states have similar laws or policies.

Re-Authorization of the Higher Education Act


The AVMA recognizes the increasing burden of educational debt on new graduates and its implications for the veterinary profession. We believe in a strong federal student aid system that serves the needs of all veterinary students. We support methods and policies that will achieve student debt resolution.

The below video recaps the 2015 event, where 66 students hailing from 26 veterinary schools from around the country stormed Capitol Hill to lobby Congress on the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Enhancement Act (S. 440) and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act


For more information on the AVMA Legislative Fly-In, contact Valerie Goddard in the GRD.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

Banfield Pet Hospital

AVMA would like to extend a special thank you to Banfield for its support in providing stipends to participating veterinary students, which will help to offset their travel expenses.