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Normally at this time of year, the AABP President's Message would include an update for members from our meetings in Washington, D.C., where the AABP executive director and officers, along with our counterparts from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), meet with various government agencies (FDA-CVM, USDA-APHIS, USDA-NIFA, etc.), industry organizations (NCBA, NMPF, NPPC, etc.), and AVMA Government Relations Division (GRD) personnel to receive updates on issues and initiatives important to the beef, dairy, and swine industries.
These discussions provide a unique in-person forum for the AABP and the AASV to ask questions about and provide input on various policies and programs, as well raise awareness of issues our members and/or their clients are encountering in their businesses. In addition, each of the AABP representatives has meetings with their congressional district representative and both of their state senators to discuss selected issues that are important to the veterinary profession, bovine practice and the beef and dairy cattle industries we serve. These appointments are organized by the AVMA GRD, and each of us is briefed on pertinent topics to cover in our discussions and provided the necessary supporting material to leave behind for reference.