What is the AVMA doing to promote FSVM?

The AVMA promotes food supply veterinary medicine on a wide range of topics to diverse audiences. While we are engaged in numerous activities, below is a discussion of just ten of them.

  1. The AVMA is collaborating with various stakeholders to advocate for food supply veterinary medicine in applicable legislative issues. In addition to reading about AVMA’s positions on various bills, from the AVMA’s Congressional Activities web page, you can also learn about other legislative efforts in which the AVMA is involved, such as the items below.
    • October 12, 2012 – A Congressional letter went to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) asking for technical drafting assistance on how best to resolve this situation to the satisfaction of both sides.  Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5th) spearheaded the effort which garnered bipartisan support from 16 members, including House Agriculture Committee leadership and members from the Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Judiciary Committees.   Read the letter to the DEA.
    • July 30, 2012 – AVMA signed onto to a letter encouraging the leadership of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to oppose any legislative effort that seeks to upend the U.S. government’s science-based regulatory process.   Read the letter.
    • May 15, 2012 – AVMA placed an advertisement in the National Journal Daily supporting funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  View the advertisement.
    • Feb. 27, 2012 – AVMA joined the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition urging Congress to support the $325 million for the AFRI in the President's Fiscal year 2013 budget proposal.  Read the Read the letter.
    • February 10, 2012 – AVMA signed on to a letter encouraging the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to reject the idea of a one-year extension of the farm bill and act aggressively to write a new Farm Bill in 2012.  Read the letter.
  2. The AVMA advocates on behalf of food supply veterinary medicine in federal agency regulatory issues as they arise.  While you can check out all of our Federal Regulatory Activities, below are just a few examples.
  3. The Association works to provide tools for state agencies and college administrators to use to help train and retain food supply veterinarians in their states. 
  4. To increase awareness of recruiting tools, opportunities, and other incentives for veterinarians that are being offered by our allied organizations and stakeholders, the AVMA provides links to the external resources from its website.  These as well as other food supply veterinary medicine resources are available on our pages, Food Supply Veterinary Medicine - Resources as well as Food Supply Veterinary Medicine - FSVM in your state.
  5. In addition to the FSVM microsite (www.avma.org/fsvm) of which this page is a part, the AVMA maintains the additional website, Keep Our Food Safe (www.keepourfoodsafe.org), which examines issues relevant to food safety and the nation's food supply.
  6. The AVMA has several guiding entities that address food supply veterinary medicine issues.  Each entity is comprised of subject matter experts who collectively provide the AVMA with invaluable perspectives, guidance, and leadership on issues under their respective entity's charge.   Below are a few of those entities.
  7. In addition to the above, the AVMA has and is utilizing Task Forces and Steering Committees to provide guidance on issues relative to antimicrobials and food supply veterinary medicine.  Two of the most recent include:
    • Antimicrobial Use Task Force (AUTF)
    • AVMA Steering Committee for FDA Policy on Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobials (VOSC)
      • 2010 – present
      • Has and continues to meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaborative efforts to address and clarify veterinarians’ role in overseeing the use of antimicrobials in animals.
  8. The AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission Report, which is a progressive vision for the AVMA, includes several issues relevant to food supply veterinary medicine.
  9. The AVMA has a number of policies relevant to food supply veterinary medicine. Some of those most central are:
  10. The AVMA consistently offers a wide range of continuing education programs related to food supply veterinary medicine each year at the AVMA Annual Convention.