AVMA Salutes Senate Passage of Veterinary Medicine Mobility Bill
January 10, 2014
In a move that brings Congress one step closer to allowing veterinarians the complete ability to provide care to their animal patients beyond their clinics, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) praised the U.S. Senate this week for its passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. Sponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Angus King (Maine), this commonsense legislation will give veterinarians who treat their patients on the farm, in the wild, at a client's home or in any other mobile setting, the ability to bring and use controlled substances to provide pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia.
"The Senate's action proves that our nation's leaders are listening to the veterinary profession and are diligently working to ensure that animals in all settings continue to receive the best quality care," said Clark Fobian, DVM, president of the AVMA. "To be a veterinarian, you must be willing to go to your patients when they cannot come to you, and this means being able to bring all of the vital medications you need in your medical bag. We are pleased that the Senate has taken action to fix a loophole in federal regulation, which has concerned veterinarians over the past few years, and urge the U.S. House to swiftly follow suit."
Reprinted in part from Bovine Veterinarian