The AVMA, representing roughly 80 percent of America’s veterinarians, serves as the voice for the veterinary profession before Congress and the federal agencies within the executive branch. Its governmental relations office, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., monitors any new bills that are introduced on Capitol Hill and meets with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for legislation that will enhance the veterinary medical field and help block the ones that will not.
In this section of the website, you can learn more about the work that the AVMA is doing to advocate the Association's policies and positions on federal legislative issues that influence animal and human health and advance the veterinary medical profession.
AVMA's Legislative Agenda describes the bills that the Association is monitoring or on which the Association has taken a position. Through its legislative scoring system, the AVMA prioritizes the legislation where it will devote staff time and resources to working to get passed or stopped.
Here are highlights for some of the key issues the AVMA will prioritize during the 115th Congress. Areas in which the Association works to protect, promote and advance the concerns of the veterinary profession on Capitol Hill include:
Animal Health and Welfare
Conservation and Environmental Issues
Small Business Issues
Veterinary Professional and Educational Issues
This page will be updated after the Association reviews and approves new bills to be added to its portfolio.
Want to know where your member of Congress stands on AVMA's high priority legislative issues? Check out AVMA's legislative scorecard, which provides a snapshot of the veterinary issues that are gaining traction in Congress. It also lists the candidates that AVMA’s Political Action Committee has supported.
Thousands of bills are introduced each Congress. When a bill is introduced that pertains to the veterinary profession, the AVMA reviews it and prioritizes how the Association will devote staff time and resources to working to get the bill passed or stopped. Learn more about AVMA's legislative scoring system.
Are you a member with a question on one of AVMA's legislative priorities? Click here to contact the staff person within AVMA's Governmental Relations Division who is responsible for that topic.
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