Before serving in Congress, Kurt was a veterinarian for more than thirty years, caring for domestic and farm animals. As one of only three licensed veterinarians in Congress, much of his life’s work has been dedicated to keeping our four-legged friends healthy. His experience as a veterinarian plays a crucial role in his policymaking, and he is proud to be a leader on animal welfare and veterinary medicine issues in Congress. He is a co-chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus, and a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and the House Rodeo Caucus.
He is a sponsor, cosponsor, and supporter of many pieces of legislation aimed at the health, welfare, and protection of animals. For six year he has championed the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act which cracks down on the abusive practice of horse soring. Kurt helped pass bills into law, such as the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, which expands federal domestic violence protection to include pets, and the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which criminalizes animal crushing. Other bills continue to work through the legislative process, like the widely-supported Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. Animal welfare is an important area of bipartisan agreement that will help pets, livestock, wildlife, pet owners, farmers, and anyone who values animals.