By: Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) crossed a major hurdle on Feb. 27 when it advanced out of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
The legislation, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances, was introduced last April by Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), both veterinarians. The bill, which has 172 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, was amended to mirror the Senate version of the bill, S. 1171, before being passed out of the subcommittee. It now faces consideration by the full House Energy & Commerce Committee.
The Senate passed its version of the bill with unanimous consent on Jan. 8.
The House bill isn’t over the finish line yet. AVMA continues to seek cosponsors for H.R. 1528 and asks YOU to contact your House members to help move this bill forward. Please sign up for alerts and information on how to contact your member of Congress through the AVMA’s Congressional Advocacy Network.