Many veterinarians have a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number, but did you know you might not need one? AVMA has resources available to help you understand what the DEA’s rules say, including criteria you can use to help you determine whether you should be registered with the DEA.
For example, if you are an associate veterinarian and you are simply administering controlled substances or sending them home with a client, but you’re not writing a prescription for it, you might not actually need your own DEA registration. See an algorithm we’ve developed to help you navigate through the requirements. In addition to DEA’s requirements, however, also check your state rules to make sure you’re compliant on requirements for registration.
Also see our resources for more information on DEA’s security and recordkeeping rules. And, be sure to contact your representatives and ask them to support H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act! See AVMA’s Legislative Action Center housed by our Governmental Relations Division, for additional details or sign up for the Congressional Advocacy Network to receive alerts.