|Veterinary Political Education Committee (V-PEC)|
The New York State Veterinary Medical Society’s Veterinary Political Education Committee (V-PEC) faces more challenges than most PECs thanks to the complicated nature of our profession. Not only do we provide health care services to myriad animal species including companion animals, food animals, laboratory animals, poultry, dairy cattle and horses; but our interests include research, higher education, industry, diagnostics and the military. In the world of veterinary medicine, we are also very much concerned with environmental conservation and are affected by issues of medical waste and small business.
This is where the V-PEC comes into play. With our broad and diverse interests, we need to become involved in many legislative and regulatory issues that come before the various committees in the state legislature. This involves developing relationships with legislators and educating them in the issues that affect us most, as well as making financial contributions to demonstrate our support for those who take a stand for our profession.
While other industry or professional groups have legislative interests that come before only one or two committees, in veterinary medicine, we regularly interact with 15 legislative committees.
The relationships that are formed between veterinarians and New York state legislators through V-PEC help to lead to a greater understanding of each other’s concerns. PEC supports legislators who support our profession, clients, and their pets and whose ideas, actions and legislative positions closely align with a majority of veterinarians throughout New York State.
Click here to donate to the V-PEC.