Creating Change for the Better
Become an animal advocate and give our community of pet lovers a voice!
Every day, policymakers at the local, state, and federal level make decisions that could impact the veterinarian community, pets and the people that love them. It’s vital that we monitor and respond to these policies by sharing our feedback and experiences. That’s why NAVC is thrilled to introduce our new advocacy initiative!
What a great initiative! Veterinary team, animals advocates, pets lovers forming one team to defend and protect animals is a dream come true for me.
When you sign-up to become an advocate, you’ll receive emails with updates on proposed legislation, rules, and regulations impacting pet health. Often these emails will include a call-to-action like signing a petition, emailing policymakers, tweeting representatives, making phone calls, and more. You’ll also have exclusive access to advocacy webinars, trainings, and in-person meetings with government officials.
Sign-up to become an NAVC advocate then keep an eye on your inbox for your first opportunity to take action.
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Introduce Yourself to Your State Legislators
Across the United States, thousands of state legislators have been sworn in to elected office. They will be making important decisions every day on issues they may know nothing about.
Let’s ensure state legislators make informed decisions about animal health, the veterinary health profession, and the human-animal bond. You are an expert on these topics and an important resource in your community.
The One Health Act – Animal and Human Health Experts Preventing Pandemics Together
The One Health Act brings together animal and human health experts across federal agencies to create a One Health Framework. The One Health Framework is an innovative approach to monitoring, preventing, and responding to future zoonotic outbreaks, like COVID-19, by acknowledging the interconnected health of humans and animals.
It’s Time for the PAWS Act
Pairing a veteran with a Service Dog can cost up to $25,000 — including training, follow-up services, and support. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS Act) allows veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to apply for a grant through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the necessary costs for these services – including veterinary services.
Roughly 20 veterans per day die by suicide, often because they don’t have access to effective treatment. These veterans deserve a choice in their recovery from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma. In a recent long-term VA study, the VA found that “there was a 3.7-point drop in PTSD symptoms among those with service dogs, along with sleep improvements and declines in suicidality and anger.”
After years of delays in passing the PAWS Act, It’s time to make service dogs more accessible to veterans living with severe PTSD. You know the value of the human-animal bond. Use the form below to help bring healing to our veterans by urging your representative to support the PAWS Act today.
Veterinary Innovation Council
This collaborative, industry-wide initiative is focused on leading innovation in global animal health.Learn More