AVMA supports push to increase zoo and wildlife vets


AVMA supports push to increase zoo and wildlife vets

Feb 07, 2010
By dvm360.com staff
Washington -- New federal legislation aimed at increasing the number of zoo and wildlife veterinarians has gained the support of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Wildlife and Zoological Veterinary Medicine Enhancement Act, introduced Jan. 21, aims to create funded positions for zoo and wildlife veterinarians in both clinical and research settings. It also has implications for student loan and curriculum issues affecting students who specialize in zoo and wildlife studies.

“This is absolutely needed, says AVMA Chief Executive Officer W. Ron DeHaven. “If passed, this legislation will strengthen curriculum in our veterinary schools. It will create opportunities for our veterinary graduates to work in the areas in which they have studied, and it will protect both animals and people.”

The bill is supported by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the American Association of Zoological Veterinarians, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and the National Association of Federal Veterinarians.