Get Involved

Veterinarians: Let your voices be heard.Calling all veterinarians and veterinary students: we need YOUR help! Each year, members of Congress introduce thousands of bills, but according to National Journal, roughly 2 percent ever become law. With the stakes high—it is critical that our nation's leaders hear how bills will impact their constituents (you!) and the lives of the animals within their districts so that they can advocate for scientifically sound policies that will advance the profession and improve public and animal health. Being an advocate for veterinary medicine is FAST and EASY. See how you can get involved below. Do your civic duty and take action today!



AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA-CAN)

Join the more than 25,000 students and veterinary professionals who are receiving breaking updates on key federal legislation. These advocates quickly take action through the AVMA-CAN by sending e-mails to their members of Congress in support or opposition of bills that impact their daily lives.
AVMA Fellowship Program

AVMA Congressional Fellowship Program

Are you a veterinarian who is interested in developing public policy, while serving your country and enhancing your career? Then, check out AVMA's Congressional Fellowship Program, which offers three veterinarians the paid opportunity to work for one year in Washington, D.C., as scientific advisors to members of Congress.
AVMA GRD Student Externship Program

AVMA Governmental Relations Division Student Externship Program

Are you a third or fourth year veterinary student who is looking to gain hands-on experience in educating members of Congress about issues that impact the profession while networking with officials from across the federal government? Then, apply to work in AVMA's Governmental Relations Division for a four-week externship.

AVMA Political Action Committee (AVMAPAC)

Are you an AVMA or SAVMA member who is looking to get more involved in federal advocacy? Then learn more about the AVMAPAC, which provides financial support to select candidates who are seeking election to the U.S. Congress.
Advocacy Tools

Advocacy Tools

From e-mailing your member of Congress to submitting a letter to the editor to your local newspaper to participating in a town hall meeting, grassroots advocacy comes in all shapes and sizes. The AVMA encourages veterinarians to get involved in local, state and national politics so they can be the scientific resource on policies that will impact the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare. This page provides a number of tools that can help get you started.