The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act on Tuesday.
The bill could make it legal for veterinarians to transport and use controlled substances beyond their primary offices and vet hospitals. The measure would also allow vets to cross state lines to treat their equine patients.
Since 2009, vets have been prevented by the DEA from transporting controlled substances, due to an interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act.
The bill was sponsored by the only two veterinarians in Congress, Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla.
“We commend our federal representatives for taking such a major step in making sure animals get the care they need regardless of location,” said Barry Kellogg, VMD, senior veterinary advisor of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
“If this legislation is enacted, veterinarians will be able to provide mobile spay/neuter clinics, on-site care on rural ranches, disaster response and at-home euthanasia without fear of being in violation of the law.”
Senators approved the measure in January. Before the bill becomes law it will need President Obama’s signature.