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 AVMA welcomes good news in spending bill

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased that today's omnibus spending bill will maintain and increase funding for key veterinary programs in fiscal year 2018. We worked closely with Congress on funding levels for these priorities, and we're grateful that lawmakers recognized their importance in protecting animal health, animal welfare and public health.

Highlights from the omnibus spending bill include:

  • $1.5 million increase for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program to $8 million
  • Level funding for the Veterinary Services Grant Program at $2.5 million
  • $1.25 million increase to the full authorized funding level for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank
  • $25 million increase to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • $24 million increase to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, including language directing the agency to provide $7.5 million toward public health veterinarian recruitment and retention incentives
  • $36 million increase for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • $350 million for payments under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and $2.3 million for program education to borrowers

AVMA looks forward to working with Congress to support these initiatives as lawmakers consider fiscal year 2019 funding levels.

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