Recently, the AVMA advised that the CSA (Controlled Substances Administration) has reinterpreted the statute governing veterinarians carrying controlled substances off site to treat horses and other animals.
It is no longer considered legal to carry controlled substances - including sedatives, anesthetics, and euthanasia solution - unless it is a pre-filled, pre-planned dose. This means if they come to treat an emergency for your horse and it needs one of these, they won't have it on their truck. Your horse will have to wait while they go get it. If they come to your barn and your horse has a broken leg, they won't be able to euthanize it because they won't have the drugs in their truck. If it needs stitching up, too bad; they'll have to schedule an appointment, and bring the anesthetic back with them to do it later. Got a colic that needs palpation? Well, too bad. No sedatives on the truck.
The DEA has already begun telling vets in some states that they are in violation.
Hard to believe, isn't it? Here's the AVMA announcement: http://avmacan.avma.org/avma/issues/aler...
Do you want this for your horse? The extra time, extra farm call fees, and unnecessary suffering for your horse while you wait?
Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress - 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: https://www.avma.org/news/pressroom/page...
Can you help? Please let your congressman know you support this bill. If you click the "Take Action!" link on the page I've linked above, it'll tell you how. If you use their form, just be sure to change the line "I am writing as a member of the veterinary community" to "I am writing as a horse owner" or something similar.