The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) was pleased to announce that on July 8, 2014 the U.S. House passed a very important bill that affects veterinarians across the country. The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act will now allow veterinarians to provide complete care beyond their own clinics.
Why is this bill so important? This bill will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances beyond their primary places of registration and across state lines to treat their animal patients.
Dr. Clark Fobian, president of the AVMA had this to say in their recent press release:
“The AVMA was established more than 150 years ago by veterinarians who cared for the animals that provided food and transportation for Americans. Although times have changed since 1865, veterinarians’ need to travel to their patients has not. Today, Congress made it clear that veterinarians are responsible public servants who must be able to use vital medications to treat their patients—no matter the location—so that they receive the best quality care. We applaud our elected officials for clarifying federal statute, which has left veterinarians confused and concerned over the past year. We look forward to seeing President Obama sign this important legislation into law in the near future.”
Excerpt from AVMA’s announcement when the bill became law – Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act is now law.
Joe Martins, DVM, Belle Mead Animal Hospital