Per the AVMA website, the Controlled Substances Act “makes it illegal for veterinarians to take and use controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered, often their clinics or homes.”
“This means that it is illegal for veterinarians to carry and use vital medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia on farms, in house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or ambulatory response situations.
Veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply.
We encourage you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528), which would amend the CSA that currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to treat their animal patients outside of their registered locations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care. The DEA has already notified some veterinarians in California and Washington State that they are in violation of this law.
The practice of veterinary medicine requires veterinarians to be able to treat their animal patients in a variety of settings, such as in:
- rural areas – for the care of large animals where it is often not feasible, practical or possible for owners to bring livestock (i.e., cows, pigs, horses, sheep, and goats) into a veterinary hospital or clinic;
- “house call” services or mobile clinics – where veterinarians offer a variety of veterinary services for their patients or in the communities;
- research and disease control activities – where it may be necessary to conduct research away from the veterinarian’s principal place of business;
- emergency response situations – where injured animals must be cared for onsite; and
- the removal or transfer of dangerous wildlife (e.g. bears, cougars) or to rescue trapped wildlife (e.g. deer trapped in a fence).”
The AVMA website provides an easy to use “Tell Congress” system allowing supporters of the bill to email their own representatives in Congress (though the wording is specifically for veterinarians, it can easily be changed). Click Here to use the AVMA system to notify your Representatives in Congress.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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