H. R. 525
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 8, 2011
Ms. Baldwin (for herself and Mr. Schrader) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance and increase the number of veterinarians trained in veterinary public health.
This Act may be cited as the
Veterinary Public Health Amendments
Act of 2011.
Inclusion of veterinary public health in certain public health workforce provisions
Public health workforce grants
Subsections (b)(1)(A) and (d)(6) of section 765
of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295) are amended by inserting
veterinary public health, after
medicine, each place it appears.
Public health workforce loan repayment program
Subparagraphs (A) and (B) of section 776(b)(1) of the
Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295f–1(b)(1)) are amended by striking
public health or health professions degree or certificate each
place it appears and inserting
public health (including veterinary
public health) or health professions degree or certificate.
Subparagraph (A) of section 776(b)(1) of the Public
Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295f–1(b)(1)) is amended by adding
or at the end.
Section 799B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295p) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Veterinary public health
The term veterinary public health includes veterinarians engaged in one or more of the following areas to the extent such areas have an impact on human health: biodefense and emergency preparedness, emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, environmental health, ecosystem health, pre- and post-harvest food protection, regulatory medicine, diagnostic laboratory medicine, veterinary pathology, biomedical research, the practice of food animal medicine in rural areas, and government practice.