AVMA legislative fly-in

Capitol building: Empowering the veterinary profession

The AVMA regularly hosts legislative fly-in events that bring veterinarians and veterinary students to Washington, D.C., for hands-on advocacy experience. Participants receive in-depth briefings about the top policy issues affecting veterinary medicine and meet with their members of Congress to advocate on those issues. These important events ensure that the voice of the veterinary profession is amplified on Capitol Hill.

Fly-in participants also learn how to develop relationships with their elected officials and become trusted voices of veterinary medicine. In this way, the fly-ins showcase the many ways in which AVMA and SAVMA members can use our veterinary expertise to shape public policy.

New in 2024, legislative fly-in attendees also could earn up to 7.5 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. During the 2024 event, over 140 veterinary professionals from 42 states representing 15 different veterinary schools participated in more than 180 meetings with congressional offices.