Support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

Help Ensure that Veterinarians Can Provide Complete Care to their Animal Patients

 

Take action by contacting your legislator today!
Please join the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) as we support  the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528 and S1171), which seek to amend the Controlled Substances Act to help ensure that veterinarians can provide complete care to their animal patients.

Write your federal legislator - this alert gives you all you need - a sample letter, letter writing tips and message points.

 

Background

Veterinarians treat multiple species of animals in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) 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.

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).


How you can help

1. Identify your U.S. House Representative by clicking here and providing your zip code, and contact Georgia Senators Isakson and Chambliss.

2. Write a letter asking your House Representative to support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528) or ask your Senator to support S1171 by co-sponsoring the bill and amending the Controlled Substances Act. Veterinarians need to legally be able to transport controlled substances to the locations of the animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation's animals, but for public safety. See the sample letter and message points below.

3. Enlist your fellow veterinarian professionals to do the same.

4. Please refer any media inquiries to GVMA at 678-309-9800 or gvma@gvma.net. We have dedicated media-trained spokespersons to ensure consistent messaging.


Sample Letter

Your address (or use letterhead stationary)

Date

The Honorable John Doe
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Doe:

As a veterinary professional, I am writing to express my support for H.R. 1528 the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act that amends the Controlled Substances Act, to help ensure that veterinarians can provide complete care to their animal patients.

(Include one or two concise paragraphs describing your concerns in your own words).

With this in mind, I respectfully ask that you support changes to the Controlled Substances Act that would allow veterinarians to legally be able to transport controlled substances to the locations of the animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation's animals, but for public safety.

Your consideration of this matter would be truly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Velma Veterinarian, DVM

Atlanta, GA

 

Tips for a great letter

  • Mail (preferably) or fax your letter for the best results. You may also opt to e-mail your letter as text pasted in the body of the e-mail.
  • Refer to your legislator in the address box as "The Honorable".
  • Be succinct. Message points, below, are provided but are not required.
  • The letter should not be a form letter so use your own language.

Key Points:

  • Veterinarians must be permitted to transport controlled substances outside a registered location (i.e. clinic, hospital, office, or clinician's home) to provide comprehensive veterinary care and to protect animal health and welfare.
  • While recognizing there are certain instances when an animal cannot be brought to the veterinarian's registered location or when a veterinarian must transport controlled substances, the DEA maintains that a statutory change is required to address the regulation preventing veterinarians from legally transporting controlled substances in these situations.
  • Recommendations by the DEA on how to treat animals while adhering to the law and regulations create serious concerns about the potential for drug diversion and for negative consequences to animal health, animal welfare, and public safety.

 

Supporting This Will:

  • Require the DEA to promulgate regulations allowing veterinarians to transport controlled substances.
  • Facilitate quality patient care by permitting veterinarians to transport needed medications to veterinary patients.
  • Prevent legal action against veterinarians who are appropriately handling controlled substances in the course of providing complete veterinary care.
  • Help assure the integrity of the drug dispensing and administration process by authorizing veterinarians to maintain control of these critical medications.

 

 

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