HSVMA Applauds Senate for Passing the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act
Thursday, January 09, 2014 04:03 PM

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The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association commends the U.S. Senate for unanimously approving S. 1171, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Angus King, I-Maine, would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow veterinarians to transport and dispense important drugs for veterinary care in remote locations outside of their registered location. A companion bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 1528, sponsored by Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla.—the only two veterinarians serving in Congress —has the strong, bipartisan support of 146 cosponsors.

Veterinarians historically, and even more so today, have provided a broad range of life-saving services in setting outside of the clinic. Whether they be “house calls” to farms or animal sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers in rural areas, mobile spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, disaster response, or animal cruelty investigations, they all require travel- often to remote and underserved communities.

Additionally, mobile veterinarians provide important in-home veterinary services such as hospice care and euthanasia for animal companions. Wildlife and public health veterinarians need to use controlled substances in order to remove or relocate wild animals such as mountain lions, to rescue trapped, injured or endangered wildlife, or in research or disease control and abatement settings.

The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act will clarify the law and ensure the ability of veterinarians working in the field in the field to provide the most effective medications for pain management, anesthesia and sedation. Besides the HSVMA, this common sense legislation is supported by the American Veterinary Medical Association and more than 130 veterinary medical, animal protection groups and interested parties. The HSVMA commends the Congressional leaders shepherding this effort and the full Senate for supporting it and urges Congress to quickly pass this key bill safeguarding mobile veterinary service providers and the health and safety of the animals and the people of the United States.

HSVMA members can help by contacting their Representative today to urge support for H.R. 1528. Submitting a support letter via email or mail is best. View the HSVMA's support letter for suggested language»