Spending agreement is welcome news for veterinarians

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​American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. John Howe released the following statement in response to the continuing resolution passed by the U.S. House and Senate today, which maintains 2019 spending levels and temporarily prevents a government shutdown. Lawmakers now have until Dec. 20 to reach a final, long-term spending agreement.

"Today's spending agreement is welcome news for the more than 3,000 veterinarians employed by the federal government in food safety, disease prevention and more. We're thankful these individuals will continue to receive their paychecks as they work diligently to protect animal health and public health. Moving forward, we're eager to see Congress reach a final, bipartisan spending agreement necessary to provide long-term funding and stability to federal programs affecting veterinary medicine."

About the AVMA

The AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, speaking for more than 105,000 member veterinarians across the United States who care passionately about protecting animal health, animal welfare and human health. Informed by its members' unique scientific training and knowledge, the AVMA advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and support the crucial work of veterinarians nationwide.