To amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance and increase the number of veterinarians trained in veterinary public health.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. INCLUSION OF VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH IN CERTAIN PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE PROVISIONS.
(a) 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 ``preventive medicine,'' each place it appears. (b) Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program.-- (1) In general.--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''. (2) Technical correction.--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. (c) Definition.--Section 799B of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295p) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(27) 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,...