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Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on the President’s desk awaiting signature

Bill awaits President Obama's signature
Bill awaits President Obama's signature

The American Veterinary Medical Association posted on their website the good news that Congress completed all necessary work for the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) to become law after it is signed by the president.

Work on the bill began in January, 2014; early this week the Senate passed the House’s version of the bill with unanimous consent. Their approval completed the final steps to send this bill to President Obama

The benefit of this bill to the world of animal patients is to allow for the best care by veterinarians. Approval allows resolution regarding the ongoing issue, which prior to passage, denied veterinarians the ability to transport and dispense controlled substances outside of their DEA-registered locations. Once signed into law, when veterinarians need to travel with and use controlled substances--vital medications that can provide pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia, the Drug Enforcement Administration will no longer deem that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not permit veterinarians to take these medications beyond their registered places of business, often the veterinarian’s clinic or home. In the past, the DEA had notified some veterinarians that they were in violation of the law. U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), both veterinarians, agreed the CSA must be amended so that our nation's animals do not suffer unnecessarily.

AVMA recognized those in Congress who had been pivotal in helping push this bill forward, with special recognition to the bill’s four sponsors—Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Angus King (I-Maine). These four members spearheaded this legislation and shepherded it through Congress. In addition, the House Veterinary Medicine Caucus was recognized for their role in educating colleagues about the importance of this bill.

The veterinarian community is grateful for the support of this legislation and hope for swift action by the president.

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