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Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives passed LD 1885, as amended, which would expand the state’s loan program to future practitioners of veterinary medicine.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration, and Maine residents are strongly encouraged to contact their State Senator today to express support.

Last week, the American Kennel Club (AKC) issued an alert noting that the bill was in need of your help if it were to be adopted before the end of the Maine legislative session, April 20.

Thank you for taking action!  Your voice is making a difference!

AKC and the Maine Federation of Dog Clubs recognize the serious shortage of veterinarians practicing in Maine.  The inability to secure veterinary care when needed negatively impacts the health and welfare of all animals, including dogs.

The text of LD 1885, as passed by the House is here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  These last days of the legislative session are extremely busy for lawmakers.  Please immediately contact your state senator, even if you did this last week, and again request that passage of LD 1885, as amended, be adopted right away and sent to the Governor.

  1. Identify your state senator’s email by clicking on the first letter of your town or city
  2. In the subject line write, “Support LD 1885, veterinarian workforce”.
  3. Share your experience trying to get timely veterinary services in Maine.
  4. Be certain to provide your name and address.

For more information on these or other legislative issues in Maine, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or