The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on Tuesday afternoon. Senators approved the measure in January.
The act, expected to soon become law, amends the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 to permit veterinarians to freely transport the drugs they need to euthanize, anesthetize or manage pain in animals as long as they have a state license to practice and are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Right now, the DEA bars veterinarians from transporting controlled drugs away from where they are registered to handle them, per an interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act that many in the profession deem to be overly restrictive.
“Today is a victory for veterinarians across this country, but more importantly, it’s a victory for the health and well-being of the animals they are entrusted to care for,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader, a co-sponsor of the House version. “Ridiculous bureaucratic interference from the DEA would have seriously impeded veterinarians’ ability to properly treat their patients. The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act will provide veterinarians with the certainty they need to continue to providing mobile or ambulatory services for their animal patients.”