Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act passes key House committee

By: Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division

Late yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee met to discuss the markup of H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. As the meeting began, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.) urged the others on the committee to support the bill so that veterinarians will be able to legally transport, administer and dispense controlled substances in the field to provide the highest level of care to their patients. Without any further discussion or dissent from the committee, H.R. 1528 was approved through unanimous consent.

This is a major victory for the veterinary profession! It brings the bill just one step closer to being sent before the full House, which AVMA is hopeful could occur as soon as next week. The Senate has already unanimously passed its version of the bill back in January, so once H.R. 1528 gets passed out of the House, it will pave the way for the bill to get signed into law by the president.

Not only will the bill clarify the Controlled Substances Act so that veterinarians will be permitted to bring and use controlled substances in the usual course of practice outside of their registered locations, but it will also seek to alleviate the legal burdens for veterinarians practicing along state borders, so that they can continue to provide care to their animal patients in multiple states.

The legislation, introduced by two veterinarians in Congress Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), has an impressive amount of bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, including 177 cosponsors, 28 of whom sit on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It has also been endorsed by over 130 organizations, including all 50 state veterinary medical associations.

We would like to thank all AVMA members for contacting their legislators. Your support has helped move the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act one step closer to becoming law. If you have not done so yet, you can still contact your legislators today and urge them to support the bill.

4 thoughts on “Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act passes key House committee

  1. It is important that’s have the ability care for animals outside of their clinics. In Alaska, there are many lost dogs that need to be caught with the use of darts (sedated) because there is no other way to catch them. Freedom was such a dog. I took over a year of incredible effort to catch her. Had a vet been able to dart her, she would have been caught much earlier and be a part if a loving home.

  2. My dog WILL die if I take her into a vet office or other public space (animal park, pet store, etc) She has coded and been saved twice. The vets that visit my home are lifesavers to both me and my dog! It’s a very valuable and needed service. My dog would not be alive today if my only choice was to take her INTO a vet office.

  3. I have 4 dogs. One of them was mentally abused as a puppy. He does not do well outside of his environment. I feel that there are many dogs like this out there who would be more comfortable getting vet care at home. Some dogs do not do well in the car either. If when when my pack slowly fades, I will do what I can to make sure they pass at home. When they are comfortable. I feel all vets should offer this option. A more calm, and intimate environment. For the pet and family.