Dear Sen. Romney,
Remember back in 2007/2008 when dog lovers across the nation reacted to the fact that you put your dog in a kennel strapped to the top of your car, and traveled the country? I do – and I reacted. I got the bumper sticker.
With the surge of animal adoptions skyrocketing during the pandemic, and veterinarians already spread thin to the breaking point, I would like to give you the chance to redeem yourself.
Per a recent Tribune article, vets are overbooked, stressed out, and can’t get additional resources. It was this way prior to the pandemic, which has only exacerbated the problem.
I can attest. Our two furry kids require fairly regular trips to the vet at their advanced age. And I’m aware of at least three local veterinarians who have ended their own lives. So, while I may joke, it’s truly a serious issue that will only get worse.
Please consider sponsoring a bill with someone outside of Utah (you are our only senator living in the real world, after all) and find a way to incentivize schools of veterinary medicine to expand, as well as offer significantly reduced tuition for graduates who agree to work in small animal clinics across the U.S. Require them to stick with the clinic they start with out of school for a few years, so they don’t get recruited away after being mentored in a real practice, and then enticed away with big sign-on bonuses.
Redeem yourself, Sen. Romney!
Rachel Taylor, Salt Lake City