Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act added as an amendment to the Senate version of the Farm Bill

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) has introduced the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act as an amendment to the Senate version of the Farm Bill. This Senate amendment (SA 988) is essential for the practice of veterinary medicine and should be included in this comprehensive legislation.

Previously, the AVMA and veterinarians have been told by the DEA that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) prohibits veterinarians from transporting and using controlled substances to treat their animal patients outside of the location they register with the DEA. This means, for example, that veterinarians who treat livestock in rural areas are barred from bringing key medications—used for pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia—to their animal patients. In addition, veterinarians who operate ambulatory practices and who often have to cross state lines to provide care, but do not have a principal place of business registered in that state, are working beyond the confines of the CSA.

The DEA is now making contradictory statements, saying that there is no issue and legislation is unnecessary. However, veterinarians in several states have told AVMA that they have been contacted by the DEA about their use of controlled substances beyond their home clinics.

AVMA wants to see that the CSA is amended in statute so that veterinarians can legally use the medications they need in the field and to ensure that veterinarians are not subject to any future violations.

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. Tell your Senators to support SA 988 as part of the Farm Bill!

This bill has been endorsed by more than 115 organizations around the country, representing members from the animal agriculture community, the veterinary medicine community, zoo and aquarium community, the shelter community, animal drug companies and other stakeholders.

Learn more about why veterinarians need to use controlled substances beyond their places of business in AVMA’s infographic.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director in AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division, at 202-289-3210 or

Take Action Now and ask your Senators to support SA 988, an amendment to allow veterinarians to carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health of animals.










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