To expand the workforce of veterinarians specialized in the care and conservation of wild animals and their ecosystems, and to develop educational programs focused on wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) Short Title.--This Act may be referred to as the ``Wildlife Veterinarians Employment and Training Act'' or the ``Wildlife VET Act''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings. Sec. 3. Purposes. Sec. 4. Definitions. Sec. 5. Implementing authority and cooperation between departments and agencies. TITLE I--WILDLIFE AND ZOOLOGICAL VETERINARY MEDICINE WORKFORCE EXPANSION
Sec. 101. Grants to create positions for wildlife and zoological veterinarians. Sec. 102. Loan repayment program for veterinary students and veterinarians specializing in wildlife and zoological populations. Sec. 103. Scholarship program for veterinary students specializing in wildlife and zoological populations. TITLE II--WILDLIFE AND ZOOLOGICAL VETERINARY MEDICINE EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sec. 201. Grants to accredited schools and colleges of veterinary medicine for curricula in wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine. Sec. 202. Grants to develop training programs in wildlife and zoological veterinary medicine.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings: (1) Fish and wildlife are important natural resources of the United States. They belong to all citizens, and are managed in perpetuity by State and Federal conservation agencies, often with significant assistance from universities, zoos, aquariums, and nonprofit and non-governmental...