The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauds U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Angus King (I-Maine) for introducing legislation yesterday that would correct a restriction in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which prevents veterinarians from transporting or using controlled substances outside of their registered places of business. The new Senate bill (S. 950) is a companion to the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528), which U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), both veterinarians, introduced in the U.S. House on April 12. Both pieces of legislation will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and dispense medications used for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia that they need to properly care for animal patients in various settings.
“As Senators Moran and King know, each state within our union presents a variety of habitats for animals of all shapes and sizes to live and roam,” said AVMA President Dr. Douglas G. Aspros. “Without the ability for veterinarians to be mobile and treat their animal patients wherever they need to, veterinarians are unable to provide complete care and their animal patients may suffer. Veterinarians must be able to transport the necessary medications beyond their brick-and-mortar clinics for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply. On behalf of the U.S. veterinary profession, we are pleased to see that now both the Senate and House have recognized the importance of amending the Controlled Substances Act and we encourage Congress to pass the legislation quickly.”
“Veterinarians play a crucial role in public safety and making certain animals in Kansas and across the country are cared for properly,” Sen. Moran said. “The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act allows licensed practitioners to legally transport and dispense the controlled substances necessary to practice veterinary medicine. This legislation is particularly important for veterinarians who work in rural areas, conduct research or respond to emergency situations.”
“Maine is one of the most rural states in the nation with veterinarians often traveling great distances to provide care to animals at farms, homes, and even animal shelters,” Sen. King said. “It’s a practice that occurs across the country, and by allowing properly licensed veterinarians the flexibility to carry and administer controlled substances like medications legally, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act helps them to better perform their jobs and provide an essential service to rural communities across America.”