DEA NEWS!! - On July 2, 2014, the DEA issued the final notice making Tramadol a schedule IV FEDERAL controlled drug effective August 18, 2014. Veterinary practices must now inventory, secure and record all uses of Tramadol. Read the notice here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0702.htm
On August 22, 2014, the DEA issued the final notice changing all hydrocodone products from a Schedule III to a Schedule II classification. This will result in more restrictive ordering and prescribing rules. The effective date of this new rule is October 6, 2014. Read the notice here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0822.htm
Controlled substance regulations do vary slightly state by state, but they can never be less stringent than the federal rules.
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual has a very extensive Pharmacy Chapter including detailed instructions on complying with the Controlled Substance Act and it's regulations.