Support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
Recently, veterinarians and U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-OR, and Ted Yoho, R-FL, introduced H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 in the US House of Representatives. U.S. Senators Jerry Moran, R-KS and Angus King, I-ME introduced companion legislation to the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 950) at the end of May. These bipartisan bills would allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals and your horses.
Call or email your U.S. Senators and Representatives today to let them know that veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, and your horses.
We encourage you to also ask your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, if they have not already.
Veterinarians treat multiple species of animals in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, the CSA currently makes it illegal for veterinarians to take and use controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered, often their clinics or homes.
This means that it is illegal for veterinarians to carry and use vital medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia on farms, in house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or ambulatory response situations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care. The DEA has already notified veterinarians in some states that they are in violation of the law.
Tell your Senators and Representative that veterinarians need to legally be able to transport controlled substances to the locations of the animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, but for public safety. Support S. 950 and H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.