The AVMA is supporting passage of H.R. 5105/S. 3263, which would establish a chief veterinary officer in the Department of Homeland Security who would head the division that oversees veterinary issues, food defense, and agricultural security. The CVO would also have primary oversight within DHS for responsibilities related to veterinary medicine and veterinary public health. In the House, the legislation is being considered by the Homeland Security and Agriculture committees. The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is reviewing the Senate version. Contact Dr. Ashley Shelton
, AVMA Governmental Relations Division assistant director, at (202) 289-3210, for more information.