Right: Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska talks with
veterinary students. (Photos by AVMA GRD)
Students met with Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska. The three-term Republican congressman spoke about the importance of students undertaking grassroots advocacy and establishing personal relationships with their congressional offices. Smith also discussed his positions on AVMA legislative priorities, and stressed the need for veterinarians to be political advocates at the state and national levels.
On the final day of their visit, students met with representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss two bills on the AVMA legislative agenda: the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2011 (H.R. 2492/S. 1947) and the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011 (H.R. 1406). The AVMA is actively pursuing passage of the former bill and opposes the latter, which would impose new stipulations on veterinary prescriptions.
"These students are the AVMA's future leaders," said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, AVMA GRD director. "Their Capitol Hill visits helped educate members of Congress and their staffs about critical issues facing the veterinary profession."