The House Committee on Energy and Commerce unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528) out of committee, which will clear the way for the bill to be considered by the full House.

Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced the bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act and permit licensed veterinarians to transport and dispense controlled substances at the treatment site rather than being restricted solely to the veterinarian’s principal place of business.

The Senate passed a twin bill (S. 1171), sponsored by Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Jerry Moran (R-KA).

The American Veterinary Medical Association reported on discussion of the measure recently noting that the bill will "not only clarify the Controlled Substances Act so that veterinarians will be permitted to bring and use controlled substances in the usual course of practice outside of their registered locations, but it will also seek to alleviate the legal burdens for veterinarians practicing along state borders."