AVMA Support of Comparative Medicine Programs at the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health

Comment on this policy

The AVMA strongly supports and affirms the recognition by the National Institutes Health (NIH) of the role of veterinarians as scientists, educators, trainers, and collaborating partners in scientific research that takes a comparative, one-medicine approach to improvements in human and public health, as stated in the recent National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) 2009-2013 strategic plan (available at www.ncrr.nih.gov/strategic_plan/). Further, because contributions by veterinary basic scientists and clinical researchers will be critical for energizing the discipline of clinical and translational research across the country, the AVMA recommends that NIH continue to support and expand opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students to engage and participate in scientific education and training, research teams, and science policy and leadership roles, through the expansion of formalized training positions (eg, T and K awards), broadening of debt-forgiveness clauses, and appointment on NIH committees and councils.