The Senate passed a key piece of legislation late yesterday that impacts many veterinarians in the nation–the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171). This commonsense legislation will allow veterinarians the ability to provide complete care to their animal patients beyond their clinics.
Sponsored by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Angus King (I-Maine), S. 1171 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit veterinarians to carry controlled substances outside of their primary places of registration and across state lines to treat their patients. This means that licensed and registered veterinarians who treat patients on the farm, in the wild, at a client’s home or in other mobile settings will be allowed to bring and use controlled substances to provide pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia.
With the bill passed in one chamber of Congress, we now look to the U.S. House to take up this important legislation. To make this happen—we need your help! Please contact your representatives today and ask them to cosponsor and vote for the companion bill in the House—H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.
AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division would like to THANK those of you who have already contacted your members of Congress. Your voices have made a difference! Over the past year, our members have sent more than 24,000 letters to Congress in support of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, and H.R. 1528 has more than 140 cosponsors.
With your help, we can get the bill passed and signed into law this year!