Georgia veterinarians want more state money

Members of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association will meet with Georgia legislators today in Atlanta. The main issues to be discussed are continued funding for the only veterinary medical school in Georgia and a proposal to forgive some student loans in order to boost the number of food animal veterinarians.

"Trying to raise the money to fund a veterinary college is not a sure thing in the current economy," said Dr. Myron Downs, GVMA president-elect. "We will stress to the policy makers that is important to Georgia and the University of Georgia for the overall health of the state."

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens is the only such school and teaching hospital in the state. Downs said that cutting funding could affect future efforts to fight diseases among livestock which could eventually have an effect on human health and food safety.