January 01, 2004


Posted Dec. 15, 2003 The AVMA has directed the Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C., to continue pressing for passage of several bills pending in Congress that range from increasing the supply of animal drugs to providing affordable health care to nonveterinary staff. Using the new scoring system ( see page 14 ), the board approved the recommendation of its Legislative Advisory Committee to continue "active pursuit of passage" for five bills on the AVMA Legislative Agenda for the 108th Congress. "Active pursuit of passage" means the bill is a high priority, and the AVMA will devote considerable time and energy to see that it becomes law. On the agenda are the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act, ...
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Student loan repayment offered to veterinarians working in underserved areas By R. Scott Nolen Posted Dec. 15, 2003 The AVMA marked its second legislative victory in a month with the Senate's passage of the National Veterinary Medical Service Act on Nov. 24. Earlier in the month, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill, which authorizes the Department of Agriculture to provide student loan repayments to recent veterinary graduates who agree to work in underserved areas of the country. President Bush signed the bill Dec. 6. Also in November, another of the AVMA's legislative priorities, the Animal Drug User Fee Act, became law. The measure allows the Food and Drug Administration to collect annual user fees totaling $43 milli ...