Bush signs law authorizing veterinary grants
The bill contains the School of Veterinary Medicine Competitive Grant Program, a scaled-down version of the Veterinary Public Health Workforce Expansion Act.
While it does provide a means to increase veterinarians where there is a shortage, the program does not designate a set amount of funding.
Schools awarded funds can use the money to expand departments or academic programs, make minor renovations or offer additional training.
While the competitive-grant program allows for minor renovations, the workforce-expansion act authorizing $1.5 billion over a 10-year period would fund major construction projects at the schools.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is moving forward with support for the expansion act.