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Title of Article: "NAHMS Conducts 2015 Equine Study"
Author: Valeri Buman, NAES

On August 1, 2014 President Barack Obama signed into law the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. This new law allows veterinarians to transport the drugs necessary to euthanize, anesthetize or manage the pain of animals, as long as they have a license to practice in their particular state and are registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

For veterinarians who specialize in large animal care such as horses or whose clientele primarily live in rural areas which require house calls due to the impracticality of bringing their animals into a hospital or clinic, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act allows vets to more easily address the needs of their patients and respond to emergencies in the field.

President of the AVMA, Dr. Ted Cohn said, “By passing and signing this legislation, the president and our legislators recognize the critical role veterinarians play in treating sick animals and relieving their pain and suffering.”

So how did vets practice in the field prior to the passing of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act?

Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act   “The reality is that there was never anyone enforcing a law that many veterinarians were not even aware existed,” says Jeffrey D. Moss, DVM of Temecula Creek Equine Veterinary. “Once they (the DEA) decided to enforce the law the AVMA went to Congress to get it changed because they knew it would adversely affect the veterinary industry and cause undue suffering to animals.”

The agreed upon feelings by local vets and the president of the AVMA, the DEA agreed that “a statutory change is required to address the regulation preventing veterinarians from legally transporting controlled substances…”

By passing the Veterinary Medical Mobility Act veterinarians are not only able to provide more comprehensive veterinary care but those in support of its passing hope it will, 1) prevent legal action against veterinarians who are appropriately handling controlled substances in the course of providing complete veterinary care, and 2) help assure the integrity of the drug dispensing and administration process by authorizing veterinarians to maintain control of these critical substances.

This change in the law comes after two years of meetings, interviews and advertising campaigns between the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the DEA and members of Congress.

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