Thank Congress for Protecting Life-Saving Work of Mobile Veterinarians


Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner

Goal: Thank U.S. Congress for protecting the life-saving work of mobile veterinarians

The life-saving work of countless animal welfare organizations was in jeopardy after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) tried to prohibit mobile veterinarians from dispensing drugs in unspecified locations. Thankfully, Congress quickly acted to pass a new measure that will protect mobile veterinarians.

On July 8, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the federal Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in order to “clarify that veterinarians may legally transport, administer and dispense controlled substances in the regular course of mobile veterinary practice,” according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Animal welfare organizations like the ASPCA rely on mobile and ambulatory veterinarians to save the lives of countless animals in what they call “the field” or “irregular, unpredictable locations.” If the DEA had been successful in its attempt to severely limit mobile veterinarians, it would have meant the end of vital services like mobile spay/neuter clinics and vaccination clinics serving low-income communities, and greatly hindered disaster responses and animal cruelty investigations. Further, rural and large-animal veterinarians like equine veterinarians, ambulatory practitioners and hospice providers would have also been impacted.

Thank government representatives for acting quickly to protect mobile veterinarians by passing the federal Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.


Dear Mr. Boehner,

As an animal welfare advocate, I sincerely thank you and your fellow representatives for passing the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. The life-saving work of many animal welfare organizations depends on their ability to travel to unpredictable locations, and the passage of this act has ensured they may continue their vital work.

If the DEA had been successful in its attempt to prohibit mobile veterinarians from dispensing drugs in unregistered locations, important animal welfare services like mobile spay and neuter clinics or vaccination clinics in low-income communities would have become impossible to continue. Further, the ability of organizations to respond during a natural disaster or emergency or conduct animal cruelty investigations would have been greatly hindered. Rural and large-animal veterinarians, ambulatory practitioners and hospice providers also would have faced great difficulty in continuing their work.

Thank you for responding to the DEA with common sense and compassion for the animals who rely on mobile veterinarians for their own health and well being by passing this important act.


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