NYSVMS supports all efforts to reinstate necessary funding to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine so that the school’s important training programs are fully funded and operational. NYSVMS also advocates for additional investments in loan forgiveness opportunities for veterinary school graduates. The cost of higher education continues to increase, serving as a deterrent to those interested in pursuing the practice of veterinary medicine. NYSVMS values young professionals and wants to ensure they continue to enter the profession without needing to weigh the cost and potential debt against their desire to work as a veterinarian.
NYSVMS also supports the preservation of funding for various research initiatives for rural veterinarians, farm veterinarians, and large animal veterinarians. Continued availability for research projects related to farming, dairy- and food-producing animals, and other large animals is imperative to ensure that the research and funding in New York State is inclusive of all animal species.
Position Statement: NYSVMS supports legislative efforts to increase funding for veterinary education, training, loan forgiveness, and animal research.