H. R. 525
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 9, 2011
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee
on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
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
(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
(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, 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.'.
Passed the House of Representatives March 8, 2011.
KAREN L. HAAS,