September 15, 2009

New legislation addressing the nation's veterinary services needs is under consideration in the House of Representatives. The AVMA played a key role in crafting the Veterinarian Services Investment Act (H.R. 3519), which was introduced July 31 by Republican Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Democrat Leonard Boswell of Iowa and had 17 co-sponsors as of mid-August.

Public Health

From a U.S. Navy hospital ship in Latin America to animal hospitals throughout the United States, veterinarians continue working both abroad and at home to control rabies in animals. The third annual World Rabies Day takes place Sept. 28 to raise awareness that while rabies is preventable, thousands of people die of the disease each year—particularly in Asia and Africa, but also in the Americas. The global Alliance for Rabies Control started the campaign in 2007 to help achieve its goal of preventing rabies in humans and controlling rabies in animals.