Veterinarians and other scientists need government support to do the important work of safeguarding public health by preventing disease outbreaks, and Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill provide essential resources to that end, writes AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven. However, the House dealt a major blow to crucial public health research and surveillance with a recent vote to strike down its own version of the bill, DeHaven notes. "We cannot compromise America's first-line of defense against animal disease outbreaks that could have crippling public health and economic consequences. Veterinarians and scientists need a Farm Bill in order to keep animal diseases outside our borders and off of our dinner plates," he writes.
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