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Victory: Congress Passes Law Protecting Life-Saving Care for Animals!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 4:15pm
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UPDATE—August 1, 2014:  President Obama signed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act into law today! We thank both Congress and the Obama Administration for ensuring that animals can continue to receive life-saving care from mobile veterinarians.

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (VMMA) (H.R. 1528), in step with the U.S. Senate’s approval of an identical bill (S. 1171) earlier this year. The Act enhances and clarifies current law to ensure that veterinarians who treat animals caught in disasters, pulled from puppy mills or animal fighting rings, or otherwise located in remote areas may legally transport, administer, and dispense medicines without fear of violating federal regulations. It also provides veterinarians more flexibility in field operations, regardless of their DEA registration locations.

The VMMA helps practitioners who provide in-home care for family pets as well as veterinarians such as those who work in ASPCA Spay/Neuter Operations and our Field Investigative Response team. These brave first responders are called in to assist during animal fighting raids, puppy mill investigations and disaster relief efforts. It is also especially good news for rural veterinarians who routinely travel and provide on-site care for their patients.

The VMMA was introduced in the House by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL), the only two veterinarians serving in the U.S. Congress, and in the Senate by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Angus King (I-ME). We galvanized support among the animal welfare community, bringing together a large coalition of support along with the veterinarian associations to help this legislation make its way through the process. We are so grateful to see Congress pass this important legislation.

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Carol

That is GREAT! NEWS! that Tuesday, July 08, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (VMMA) (H.R. 1528). The Animals are welled Deserved of VMMA. I am PRAYING! that it will HELP!

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hye

Another rescuer

Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara varner

Makes life easier for me with my TNR colony.
Even last week when a neighbor ran to my door with (what turned out to be)
a 10 day old kitten with it's neck cut almost in half. My vet ran to my rescue.

MARY PAGAY

WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG TO GET TWO SMART REPRESENTATIVES INTO GOVERNMENT TO ACTUALLY PUSH THIS LEGISLTATION INTO LAW?