As the need for veterinary care increases across the country, proposed legislation aims to make it easier to care for animals and pets.

Federal legislation was introduced last month that, if passed, would correct a restriction in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which prevents veterinarians from transporting or using controlled substances outside of their registered places of business. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Senate bill (S. 950) is a companion to the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528), which U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), both veterinarians, introduced in the U.S. House on April 12. “Both pieces of legislation will make it legal for veterinarians to transport and dispense medications used for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia that they need to properly care for animal patients in various settings,” the AMVA announced in a press release.

The legislation represents the ways the federal government is working to make the veterinarian industry more efficient, especially as the demand for veterinary care continues to grow. That demand has also translated in a demand for more veterinary assistants, who assist veterinarians in providing care to different types of animals and pets.

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