Vet Mobility Act Passed by Congress
Congress has passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act by voice vote. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho of Florida (R-FL), both of whom are veterinarians and Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). The AHC has strongly supported this bill.
“Equine Veterinarians are indispensable to the horse industry. This legislation will protect veterinarians who make calls away from their licensed place of practice and snsure they can continue to treat horses at farms, stables and tracks,” said Jay Hickey, President of the AHC. “We eagerly await for the President’s signature.”
The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to clarify that veterinarians are allowed to transport, administer and dispense controlled substances and medications outside of their registered offices and hospitals. It would ensure equine veterinarians have the ability to provide mobile or ambulatory services in the field to the horse community as they traditionally have.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed its interpretation of provisions of the CSA regarding what veterinarians may carry with them and has stated it now believes it is illegal for veterinarians to transport controlled substances and medications for use outside of their registered locations, such as an animal hospital.
But equine veterinarians often provide mobile services and treat horses at farms, training facilities, horse shows, or racetracks. In many cases it is not possible for owners to bring their horses to a clinic or hospital. For this reason, veterinarians have for years carried any medications they may need with them secured in their vehicle. Their ability to do this and provide care to horses in the field is in jeopardy without this legislation.
The bill will now go to the President and he is expected to sign it into law in the near future.