By: Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
Today, Congress took the final step necessary to send the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) to the president to be signed into law.
As you may recall, last week we reported that the House passed its version of the bill, H.R. 1528. Earlier this year, the Senate passed its version, S. 1171. Although the two bills mirrored one another, congressional procedure only allows one bill number, passed by both chambers, to be sent to the president. Today, we are happy to say that the Senate has passed the House’s version through unanimous consent, completing the final step to send this bill to President Obama.
This bill is extremely important to resolve an ongoing issue for veterinarians who need to transport and dispense controlled substances outside of their DEA-registered locations in order to provide the best care for their animal patients. We are grateful for the outreach and engagement in support of this legislation and are seeking swift action by the president. We will keep you posted when the bill is enacted—stay tuned!