Current legislation may prevent mobile veterinarians from providing complete care to their patients. 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.

As someone who has taken advantage of the service of mobile veterinarians for decades, I can’t sing the praises of the advantages of having your vet come to your home enough – especially for cats. This is why I urge you to support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013.(H.R. 1528), which would amend the CSA that currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to treat their animal patients outside of their registered locations (usually a veterinary clinic, or the mobile veterinarian’s home base).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care. The DEA has already notified some veterinarians in California and Washington State that they are in violation of this law.

When it was time to make the difficult decision to let Buckley and Amber go, my vet came to my home. Both times, it made what is without a doubt the most devastating thing a cat guardian will go through a peaceful experience. Rather than having to stress my cats by transporting them to a clinic, and having them die in the sterile environment of a veterinary exam room, they were able to die in the comfort of their familiar home, in a place that they loved best. I can’t even imagine not having that option in the future.

It only takes a minute to email or call your representative. The American Veterinary Medical Association provides a template for an email or letter on their Legislative Action Center website.

I urge you to help ensure that veterinarians can continue to provide complete care to all of their animal patients in all settings. Please support this bill.

21 Comments on Urge Congress to Support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013

  1. This is appalling. When Casey-cat was failing, I brought her home to have quiet time with her, then the vet came to the house after her clinic closed for the night. I can’t imagine how much worse that day would have been if I couldn’t have had that option! I’ll definitely be contacting my congresscritters!

  2. I also had no idea about this-thank you for the post-I’ve shared everywhere and I just sent my email to my representative. Thank you again for the information!

  3. Yeah, like Congress will do anything their constituents want. If they won’t protect us by enacting background checks to buy handguns, do we really think they care about animals? Congress is a total waste.

  4. Just sent mine – I have 2 18 year old cats and this bill would support any end of live care they may need. Thanks to the AMVA!

  5. Our representative has been written, and I’ve posted this on my hooman’s Facebook page! We’ve also Emailed the link to this page to MANY folks!

    This is just ridiculous! I hope our voices can assist in getting this bill passed!


  6. Thank you for the info Ingrid, shared this on my Facebook and our UN-Cats Feline Rescue Site. Things get picked up from a Northern Michigan online pet magazine and she posts across much of the state of Michigan!

  7. I had NO idea this was an issue. My vet is mobile and she also treated my parents’ dog – including euthanisia at home. I am sending the emails and sharing this. stupid DEA – like they have nothing better to do…..

    • Who made this a law in the first place and why? It’s just plain stupid with all the farms and farm animals we have and folks living in rural areas with pets. We need to overhaul all these alphabet soup agencies and Congress itself. Who do we have running the Show? The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 NEEDS to be passed!

      Deanna Hopkins

    • Its not illegal yet. WE (I am a mobile vet) can legally carry drugs now. IF they pass this they will restrict what meds we can carry. Dr. Lisa Aumiller
      Thanks for helping support mobile vet care!

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