Senate passes crucial veterinary mobility bill

Mobility ActThe 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!

Learn more about the announcement in AVMA’s press release and about the bill on the advocacy campaign page.

10 thoughts on “Senate passes crucial veterinary mobility bill

  1. A question with the wording of the proposed Veterinary Mobility Practice Act. The current proposed wording as I have found is:
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a registrant who is a veterinarian shall not be required to have a separate registration in order to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice at a site other than the registrant’s registered principal place of business or professional practice, so long as the site of dispensing is located in a State where the veterinarian is licensed to practice veterinary medicine.

    My concern is as a part time locum practitioner and as a full time associate. As I read this , it seems it will allow me to move to my next relief position without transferring my license and that I would not need to have 2 licenses, one for my locum practice and one for when I practice as an associate? I would love some AVMA input on this?

    Dr. Terezie Stanberry

    • Thank you for your inquiry. The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act will allow veterinarians who are licensed and registered to use controlled substances at sites other than their registered location, such as a farm or home. If you are maintaining and using inventory at a location, that location would likely need to be registered. This means that some practitioners will need more than one registration number. At the same time, there are existing exemptions for certain agents and employees of registered individuals, which might address some of your situation (

      Please feel free to contact us (1-800-321-1473) if you would like to discuss your needs further. Thank you for your interest in this issue.

  2. Your press piece says this legislation would apply to wildlife, but wildlife vets have reported that as worded it may not, that AVMA was not willing to accomodate wildlife vet needs, and are seeking further modification of legislation with support of AFWA and government agencies.

    • The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528/S. 1171) will apply to all licensed veterinarians who are registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), including those who treat wildlife. The legislation has also been endorsed by the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. We recognize that the legislation will not resolve every DEA-related issue facing all veterinarians and animal patients and remain committed to addressing any concerns remaining after passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.

  3. This is both necessary and good. Please actively support its passage without amendment.