Each day, federal, state and local decisions are being made that directly affect you and your colleagues. Laws regarding animal neglect and abuse, small businesses and veterinary practice regulations are just some of the recurring issues.
National, state and local veterinary organizations, individuals, and society as a whole all benefit from the activities of volunteers. AVMA volunteer leaders can help shape crucial policies and procedures for associations and at every level of government, ensuring that the profession's voice is heard. Helping to make decisions and determining actions can also help you feel more involved, because you know that you are making a difference. This is your opportunity to make your association be heard and to enact change.
You may also become an advocate for the veterinary profession. Locally, you may monitor ordinances and offer your insight to local governmental bodies. At the state level, you can join your state veterinary medical association's (State VMA) legislative committee and provide input into the legislation and regulations that govern the practice of veterinary medicine.
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