Obama Signs in Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

US - President Barack Obama has signed into law the long-awaited Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528), making it legal for veterinarians to provide complete medical care to their animal patients beyond their clinics and across state lines.
calendar icon 7 August 2014
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The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AVMA) Government Relations Division made passage of this legislation a top priority and is to be congratulated on their successful effort.

By passing and signing this legislation, the president and our legislators recognise the critical role veterinarians play in treating sick animals and relieving their pain and suffering. The health and welfare of our nation’s wildlife, food animals, and even our companion animals depend on veterinarians being allowed to do their jobs wherever the need arises.

What does this new law mean for you?

This law amends a restrictive provision within the Controlled Substances Act, which previously barred veterinarians from transporting, administering and/or dispensing controlled substances—necessary for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia—beyond their registered locations, often their clinics.

Specifically, it states:

“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 transporting and dispensing is located in a State where the veterinarian is licensed to practice veterinary medicine and is not a principal place of business or professional practice.”

Any veterinarians who are unclear on how to comply with the updated regulations should consult the Diversion Control Program Manager at their respective Drug Enforcement Administration field offices for more information.

Charlotte Rowney

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