WASHINGTON, D.C. —The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)as the recipient of its 2016 Advocacy Award. Cochran was recognized for his contributions to the advancement of legislation on behalf of the veterinary profession.
“Sen. Cochran has long understood the vital role veterinarians play in protecting animal health and welfare, bolstering food safety and security, and advancing animal science,” said Dr. Joe Kinnarney, AVMA president. “He has a strong legislative record in support of the veterinary profession. I congratulate him on this well-deserved award and thank him for his many years of advocacy on behalf of veterinary medicine.”
Cochran championed the National Veterinary Medical Service Act in 2003 that established the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. To date, more than 300 veterinarians have participated in the program, which places veterinarians in underserved communities in exchange for loan repayment.
The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. With its more than 88,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.
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