AVMA Support of Comparative Medicine Programs at the National Institutes of Health

 

The AVMA strongly supports and affirms the recognition by the National Institutes Health (NIH) of the role of veterinarians as scientists, educators, trainers, and collaborating partners in scientific research that takes a comparative, one-medicine approach to improvements in human and public health as recently reviewed in the NIH Physician Scientist Workforce Report; an NIH-sponsored research training tool; and other NIH reports. Because contributions by veterinary basic scientists and clinical researchers will be critical for promotion of clinical and translational research advances, the AVMA recommends that NIH support and expand opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students to engage and participate in scientific education and training, research teams, and science policy and leadership roles. This may occur through the expansion of formalized training positions (e.g., F,T and K awards), broadening of debt-forgiveness clauses, appointment on NIH committees and councils, and other novel initiatives such as support of comparative animal studies through the Clinical and Translational Science Award.