The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is pleased veterinary-related provisions are included in the Senate Ag Committee 2012 Farm Bill proposal. Included in the bill are provisions to:
• maintain the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program that contracts with veterinarians in areas of the country most in need of livestock and/or public health veterinary services;
• maintain funding for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, a tool that ensures milk, meat and eggs are free of drug or contaminant residues;
• maintain funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Institute while underscoring the need for the agency to actively pursue stakeholder input;
• maintain the Animal Health and Disease Research program, a valuable source of funds for fundamental research on diseases impacting livestock.