Veterinary Medical Issues in the U.S. Congress

February 8, 2016
by Barry Kellogg, VMD, HSVMA Senior Veterinary Advisor

During NAVC 2016, HSVMA hosted a special evening presentation on on critical issues affecting the veterinary profession in the U.S. Congress with veterinarian and co-chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus, Congressman Kurt Schrader. Dr. Schrader did a fantastic job of summarizing some of the issues that we face as well as educating us as to how the process works. We are so lucky to have him both as a member of our profession as well as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

We hope you will take a few moments to view Dr. Schrader's presentation below and learn about how important advocacy and bipartanship are to advancing causes that benefit both the profession and the animals, such as the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act and the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. Another highlight from the NAVC event, which precedes Schrader’s talk, is the presentation of the HSVMA Veterinary Advocate of the Year award to Dr. Melinda Merck for her leadership in creating the field of veterinary forensics. We are proud to honor Dr. Merck for her accomplishments.

HSVMA has hosted an evening presentation at NAVC for the past six years. We are always interested in feedback from our members on who you would like to see present on animal welfare issues, so if you have ideas for speakers for 2017, please let us know»