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The Art of Advocacy: Advancing the Profession's Public Policy Agenda

February 16, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Denver, CO

“I’d recommend it for everybody to better understand the external forces that influence the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare, and to learn how active CVMA is in protecting those interests.”
– CVMA member

CVMA created this workshop to help build the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively advance (or thwart) public policy that affects the veterinary profession at the national and state levels. The workshop is free to CVMA members, including veterinary students and Power of Ten leadership academy participants.

It is essential that lawmakers hear from engaged and knowledgeable constituents – particularly in areas such as veterinary medicine where the lawmaker has little or no technical or practical experience. Federal and state lawmakers routinely offer bills that impose new stipulations or regulations on veterinary medicine. While some bills are proactively sought and supported by the AVMA and CVMA, other bills may have severe negative impacts on veterinary economics, the scope of veterinary practice, or they may be deleterious to animal health and welfare.

This workshop is designed to build issue knowledge, hone advocacy skills and bolster participants’ confidence in their ability to effectively advance the veterinary profession’s legislative and regulatory agenda.  Participants will:

  • Learn about current legislative and regulatory issues (both Federal and state) from policy experts
  • Engage in discussions with speakers knowledgeable about relevant policy issues in veterinary medicine
  • Learn about grassroots lobbying and receive training on effective messaging techniques and protocol in communicating with legislators
  • Visit the state capitol and observe the legislative process in action

Participants receive an extensive collection of advocacy resources. The workshop is held at the CVMA office in central Denver (at 191 Yuma Street, Denver CO 80223).

8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM
Welcome and Overview
8:45 AM
Veterinary Medicine, Policy and Politics: Our Profession’s Responsibility
10:00 AM
National Issues Impacting Veterinary Medicine
11:00 AM
State Issues Impacting Veterinary Medicine
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
Gaining Support and Getting Your Message to Elected Officials
2:00 PM
Depart for state capitol (estimated time)
2:15 PM
Tour of capitol, including visit to legislative committees in process
4:00 PM
Workshop adjourns, followed by optional no-host reception

Mark Lutschaunig, VMD, MBA | Director, Governmental Relations Division, American Veterinary Medical Association
Judy Calhoun, CFRE, CAWA |Chair, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies (CFAWA) Advocacy Committee
Leo Boyle | CVMA lobbyist
Sam Romano, DVM, MBA | President, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
Ralph Johnson | CEO, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association


 Registration is FREE to all 2017 CVMA members if registration is received by February 6.

Space is limited – register today!

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