WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. Rene Carlson issued a statement following the U.S. Senate's passage of Senate Resolution 132, which recognizes and honors zoos and aquariums of the United States.
"The AVMA is proud to support the Senate Resolution honoring the nation's accredited zoos and aquariums.
"This resolution also brings attention to the important roles veterinarians at zoos and aquariums play in animal health and safeguarding of endangered species.
"The nation's zoos and aquariums are not just cultural institutions enjoyed by adults and children. They also provide this nation with invaluable global education, conservation and research efforts.
"The AVMA is hopeful this recognition will encourage Congress to continue to provide proper funding for educational and conservation programs in the future."
S. Res. 132 highlights the significant contributions that zoos and aquariums make nationwide and commends the hard-working staff and volunteers who make it all possible.
The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 81,500 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.
SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association