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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