Veterinarians are routinely the only health professionals that operate at the interface of human and animal health.  As the only two licensed Veterinarians currently serving in Congress, we felt the time was ripe for the establishment of a caucus to provide a forum to keep members informed about the opportunities and challenges facing veterinary medicine and help us to increase awareness of the importance of veterinary medicine on research, public health, animal health and welfare, food safety, and our overall economy.