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CVMA Political Action Committee (CVMA-PAC) Is Celebrating

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40 years of imPACt

In celebration of the CVMA-PAC’s 40th Anniversary, we have set a goal to raise $100,000. We are asking all CVMA members to participate in this endeavor.

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The CVMA-PAC

The CVMA-PAC is a bipartisan political action committee whose purpose is to educate state legislators and candidates on issues of importance to the veterinary profession. A strong CVMA-PAC allows the CVMA the opportunity to share our message with legislators, build relationships, and preserve the high quality of veterinary medicine.

The CVMA-PAC is overseen by a board of veterinarians who focus on the goals of the California Veterinary Medical Association and assist in its mission of serving its membership and community through innovative leadership, and to improving animal and human health in an ethically and socially responsible manner.

The CVMA-PAC Is More Important Than Ever

More than 2/3rds of the California Legislature consists of Assembly members and Senators that were elected in 2012 and 2014, who, under the new term limits law, will be serving until 2024 or 2026. That “two-thirds” number represents a tremendous amount of new members who will need to be educated on the issues relative to veterinary medicine.

How the CVMA-PAC Works

The CVMA-PAC is “by veterinarians, for veterinarians.” Your CVMA colleagues serve on the PAC board with the responsibility of preserving the financial viability of the CVMA-PAC, approving all PAC expenditures, and establishing grass roots outreach methods in legislator districts.

The CVMA-PAC:

  • Supports state legislators who are supportive of the veterinary profession.
  • Allows veterinary professionals to magnify their individual voices.
  • Helps CVMA build relationships with legislators in their districts through grass roots outreach.
  • Provides a bipartisan means for the CVMA and our lobbyists to advocate for the veterinary profession and animals.

The Local Connection

CVMA members might be surprised to learn how many local connections we discover exist between veterinarians and the candidates or new legislators in office. Many of you are friends and neighbors to several of the current legislators, which is abundantly helpful to CVMA’s effort of building relationships and establishing “Key Contacts” in each legislative district. In addition to CVMA’s participation in many Sacramento fundraiser events, we want to also encourage our members to attend local “district” fundraisers for candidates and incumbents and serve as “CVMA Key Contacts.” District fundraising events are an opportunity to meet the Assembly member or Senator and most likely, other local officials and business leaders in a casual environment. A healthy CVMA-PAC makes participation in these events possible for you and your colleagues. (Please contact Lori Gentner at lgentner@cvma.net if you would like to attend a local fundraising event for a legislator in your community.)

Contribute to the CVMA-PAC

A financially strong PAC is a critical component to maintaining a strong and healthy profession. Any individual can contribute to the PAC by submitting this form. The PAC exists solely because of member donations. No contribution level is too small, and any financial annual commitment is appreciated. Contributors are featured in the California Veterinarian magazine.

All of the California medical professions have PAC committees, as our highly technical fields collectively understand the importance of getting to know legislators better. Each one of us has a very valuable role to play in the political process in Sacramento.

CVMA-PAC contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for state or federal income tax purposes.

Recent CVMA Legislative Successes

  • Ensured that veterinary medical teaching institutions would retain access to live animals and cadavers from shelters to teach students multiple facets of animal care.
  • Was instrumental in supporting legislation that requires a veterinarian’s prescription or feed directive for use in livestock and eliminates over-the-counter availability of antimicrobial drugs.
  • Successfully exempted the veterinary profession from a new law mandating that health care professionals research the controlled drug use history of a client before prescribing or dispensing a medication.
  • Successfully exempted the veterinary profession from stringent new requirements for pet boarding businesses.

© 2017 California Veterinary Medical Association

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