Veterinary Controlled Substances Compliance

Many veterinary practices would fail a federal or state
controlled substances regulatory audit or security inspection if it were held today.

Are you willing to take that risk?

The threat is REAL.

The opioid crisis has resulted in
more federal and state resources being
put toward preventing drug diversion.
Titan Group DEA - Veterinary Controlled Substances - Agents

DEA and state agency inspections
are often unannounced.

Average fine levied per case.


We know the DEA,

because we’ve been the DEA.
150+ collective years of law enforcement,
security and private-industry experience.
Titan Group DEA - Veterinary Controlled Substances - Jack Teitelman

Founded by Retired DEA Supervisory
Special Agent: Jack Teitelman

$8.9 billion
Average federal fines levied per year.

What We Do

DEA compliance rules and regulations are more complicated than ever, and unannounced visits to healthcare providers by both federal and state agencies are increasing.

Our full suite of DEA compliance and drug diversion-prevention services help assess your risk, provide remedial solutions and let you focus on what you do best: care for animals.

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DEA compliance and drug diversion-prevention services

DEA Risk Assessment


Onsite assessment of your end-to-end control environment, with a scorecard that evaluates compliance and identifies risks.

Mock-DEA Inspections


One-day announced and unannounced mock-DEA investigations approximates the intensity of a real inspection and identify gaps in your team’s performance.

Regulatory Compliance Audit


In-depth review of your controlled-suvstance policy and procedures, to ensure accreditation and/or regulatory compliance.

Report & Recommendations


We provide a detailed report of findings — post mock-inspection and/or compliance audit —delineated by CSA code section / Title 21 of the CFR, and provide recommendations for remediation.



Work directly with you to develop a remediation plan Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual that guides the maintenance of an in-control business operation.

Employment Security


Review employee hiring and screening practices, drug-testing systems and background-check processes to lower the risk of hiring at-risk individuals.

Training & Education


Post-remediation training courses keep your entire staff updated on procedural changes, current trends and proactive anti-diversion measures.



Our team-based structure ensures appropriate, effective and discreet client focus, and is designed to make doing business with TITAN simple, before, during and after our engagement.

Veterinary practitioners often think, “We’ve always done things this way.” Or, “It can’t happen to me.” Neither is the best risk-mitigation strategy.


Your complete diversion
prevention assessment includes:


  • Thorough report on the risks and gaps in your facility’s handling of controlled substances
  • Recommendations/options for process improvement
  • Implementation plan where we work with your team to make improvements

It can happen to you.
Whether it’s a trusted employee, long-time client or even a relative, veterinary practices are at risk for drug diversion.


It’s imperative that you be prepared. Now is the time to investigate, identify, correct and strengthen your veterinary practice against the most common vulnerabilities you face today. Keeping up with changing standards, best practices, new requirements and growing threats are the most effective ways to protect your business. But failing to adapt to these new realities may not only cost you financially, it can also cause irreparable harm to your personal and professional reputation.

Today’s DEA rules and regulations are so complex, business owners and practitioners struggle to understand what they should be doing.


Plus, the opioid crisis has resulted in more federal and state resources being put toward preventing drug diversion. And, the pressure is on investigators to step up controlled-substance compliance programs and conduct even tougher oversight.

Hefty civil fines are being levied against non-compliant individuals and businesses across the healthcare industry, including veterinary practices. The current federal fine per infraction is $14,502. But, it’s not uncommon for fines to exceed $1 million, not including the risk of having your DEA registration revoked and the negative fallout from publicity.

Source: DEA (2003-09). With increased inspections and a 45% increase in the average fine, it is estimated that these numbers may actually be 25% or more higher in recent years.

Titan Group DEA Veterinary Controlled Substances Compliance Horse Shoe

Vets treating large animals or working at horse tracks can be prime targets for individuals seeking to abuse anabolic steroids.

Source: Pharmacy Times, 7/31/17

Most common violations cited by the DEA:

Poor Veterinary Record-Keeping

Failure to Prevent Drug Diversion

Lack of Physical Security

DEA Registration Issues

In 2017, drug overdoses killed more Americans than the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined.


Driven by the current opioid crisis, DEA and state agencies have dramatically stepped up regulatory inspections on healthcare providers who use, dispense or prescribe controlled substances, including veterinarians.

Titan Group DEA Veterinary Controlled Substances Compliance Dog House

We engaged TITAN for a gap analysis, which was a very easy process. They identified our strengths and weaknesses and we decided to go ahead with a full audit. Now if the DEA comes knocking, we’ll be 100% compliant.”

Sabrena L. Hartley

CVT President/ Owner, Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center

In one case involving a veterinarian, a dog owner tried to obtain hydrocodone to maintain his addiction. He even trained his dog to cough on cue.

Source: Pharmacy Times, 7/31/17

America’s drug crisis could be a crisis for your business too.

It’s not a matter of if drug diversion will take place, but a matter of when.

If you’ve been worrying about your own level of compliance risk, it may already be too late. Let us help you TITAN-up your DEA compliance.

Having the right plan and the right partner can mean the difference between quiet resolution and public indictment. To assess the risk in your business, take the free TITAN Risk Assessment Quiz.

The Titan Group DEA was founded by a retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent and is a full-service regulatory compliance, drug security and anti-diversion solutions provider.

With 150+ collective years of law enforcement, security and private-industry experience, the TITAN team of experts helps veterinary practices stay compliant, avoid penalties and deter criminal activities.

Don’t worry. We can help.