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In this article:
  • See how you can advocate for the veterinary profession, regardless where you are.
  • Learn about hands-on advocacy opportunities.
  • Find tools to make your advocacy more effective.
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Advocacy comes in many forms. From individual efforts to organizational campaigns, there are a many ways to use your voice to promote animal health and welfare and advocate for the veterinary profession. Your expertise and participation is an important part of AVMA's advocacy. Explore all the ways you can get involved!

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AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA CAN)

AVMA CAN is a community that brings together tens of thousands of veterinary professionals, veterinary students, and friends of veterinary medicine who are committed to protecting our profession. Every day, Congress and regulatory agencies make decisions that impact veterinarians, our patients, and our clients. AVMA CAN gives you tools to speak up, protect our profession, and advance veterinary medicine.

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AVMA Political Action Committee (AVMA PAC)

Are you an AVMA or SAVMA member looking to get more involved in federal advocacy? Learn more about the AVMA PAC, which builds relationships with lawmakers that amplify the AVMA's voice in policy discussions on Capitol Hill.

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AVMA Ambassador Program

The AVMA Ambassador Program connects veterinarians directly with members of Congress. Ambassadors visit with lawmakers in their home state, building relationships and ensuring that they hear directly from constituent veterinarians about issues that are important to the profession.

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Hands-on advocacy

AVMA congressional fellowships

As an AVMA member, you have an unparalleled opportunity to help develop national policy while serving your country and profession. Check out AVMA's Congressional Fellowship Program, which offers the opportunity to work for one year in Washington as a scientific advisor to a member of Congress.

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AVMA government relations externships

If you’re a third- or fourth-year veterinary student, AVMA can help you gain hands-on experience learning about public policy. AVMA externs in Washington educate lawmakers about issues that impact our profession while networking with officials from across the federal government. Externships last four weeks.

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AVMA legislative fly-in

The AVMA hosts fly-ins that bring veterinarians and veterinary students to Washington to meet with their members of Congress.

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Advocacy tools


AVMA advocacy resource library

The AVMA's advocacy resource library tools can help you understand advocacy principles, prepare for meetings with lawmakers, get up-to-speed on the current status of different legislative issues, and more! 

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