Make your voice heard: join the AVMA on Capitol Hill

Published on January 12, 2017
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Support your future in veterinary medicine

[caption id="attachment_15010" align="alignright" width="300"]AVMA Legislative Fly-in participants Participants in the 2016 AVMA Legislative Fly-in included these members of the Class of 2017 at the University of Illinois.[/caption]

As a new session of Congress gets underway, the fresh legislative environment presents veterinarians with both opportunities and challenges. The AVMA is geared up to protect, promote and advance the veterinary profession in 2017 – and veterinarians and veterinary students can join the cause by attending our annual Legislative Fly-in on Capitol Hill this spring.

The fly-in offers a unique opportunity to advance the veterinary profession by making sure members of Congress hear directly from veterinarians and veterinary students. If you attend the April 23-25 event, you’ll meet directly with lawmakers to talk about key issues affecting the veterinary profession, including reducing student debt. As we get closer to the fly-in date, we’ll assess the legislative environment to ensure we are focusing on those specific bills that will have the biggest impact on the veterinary profession.

The registration deadline for the fly-in is February 13. Banfield Pet Hospital is continuing its generous support, which will provide stipends for students and early career veterinarians to help offset travel and other expenses. Space is limited, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis for veterinarians. Students should contact their school’s SCAVMA for information on how to register.

We hope that veterinarians and veterinary students from all across the nation will join us at this year’s fly-in. We particularly encourage veterinary students to participate; for students, the fly-in is a valuable opportunity to gain an understanding of the public policy process, network, and better appreciate how critical the AVMA and its members are to protecting the future of veterinary medicine. Participants in past events have been able to meet with veterinarians in Congress, including co-chairs of the House Veterinary Medicine Caucus, U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.).

The fly-in is a great way to make a difference for the future of veterinary medicine. Can’t wait to see you there!


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