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STATEMENT ON THE FINALIZED 2018-2019 BUDGET FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

On behalf of the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet), we are extremely grateful for the Commonwealth’s continued support of the School through its $31.2 million appropriation. The newly adopted budget increases our funding by 3%, the largest appropriation for Penn Vet since 2009. This reflects the Commonwealth’s ongoing commitment to, and recognition of, Penn Vet’s critical role as a research and service provider to Pennsylvania agriculture. Penn Vet is a major contributor to maintaining the viability, health, and profitability of our state’s diverse and economically important livestock and poultry industries. The Commonwealth’s support for Penn Vet provides a tremendous return on investment for Pennsylvanians, ensuring a safe and wholesome food supply for 12 million residents.

We are thankful for the ongoing support and advocacy of PennAG Industries, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of our legislative overseers: Representatives Causer and Pashinski; Senators Schwank and Vogel; as well as the strong advocacy of our local elected officials including Representatives Roe and Roebuck, and Senators Killion and Hughes. Penn Vet values our productive partnership with Secretary Russell Redding and the longstanding collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which enables us to protect the public's health through infectious disease control programs and contribute to the expanding economic success of the statewide agriculture community.