The AVMA has urged government officials to take action and deal with the negative public health effects of the government shutdown, which has halted animal vaccine safety checks and quelled monitoring of foodborne diseases, among other functions. "[The shutdown] highlights the fact that animal health and human health are inextricably linked," said AVMA CEO and Executive Vice President Dr. Ron DeHaven. He notes that the situation inevitably poses difficult questions about which government services must continue, but "in this particular case, we think they've made an error."

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