senate Bill S6886

Amended

Authorizes the provision of free spaying and neutering services in lieu of self-instructional course work for continuing education requirements for veterinarians

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 04 / Apr / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6886A

Summary

Authorizes the provision of free spaying and neutering services in lieu of self-instructional course work for continuing education requirements for veterinarians with services provided in the office of a licensed veterinarian.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6886
S6886A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง6704-a, Ed L

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BILL NUMBER:S6886

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to providing free spaying and
neutering services in lieu of self-instructional course work for
continuing education requirements for veterinarians

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this legislation is to
allow veterinarians to satisfy a portion of their triennial
registration requirement by performing free spay and neuter services
in conjunction with a municipality, SPCA, humane society or animal
protection association.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends subdivision 2 of section 6704-a of the education law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Existing law requires veterinarians to register
triennially with the State Education Department, and complete a
minimum of forty-five hours of acceptable formal continuing
education, a maximum of twenty-two and one-half hours of which may be
self-instructional coursework acceptable to the department. This
training offers obvious value, but could be improved by encouraging
continuing education that also benefits the communities they serve.
Allowing veterinarians to use the triennial registration period to
perform community service would reduce the animal shelter
overcrowding that leads to euthanasia as well as the economic burden
for municipalities experiencing growing budget shortfalls.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
By encouraging veterinarians to perform volunteer
spay and neuter services, the effect of this legislation would be to
lower shelter costs for municipalities including New York City.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect in 90 days.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6886

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 4, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing free spaying
  and neutering services in lieu of self-instructional course  work  for
  continuing education requirements for veterinarians

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 6704-a of the  education  law,  as
added by chapter 328 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
  2.  During  each triennial registration period an applicant for regis-
tration shall complete a  minimum  of  forty-five  hours  of  acceptable
formal  continuing education, a maximum of twenty-two and one-half hours
of which may be self-instructional coursework acceptable to the  depart-
ment OR IN LIEU OF SUCH SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL COURSEWORK, THE APPLICANT MAY
PROVIDE  FREE SPAYING AND NEUTERING SERVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MUNI-
CIPALITY, DULY INCORPORATED NOT-FOR-PROFIT SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, DULY INCORPORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, OR  DULY  INCORPO-
RATED ANIMAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ADOPT A FORMU-
LA  PROVIDING  A  MINIMUM NUMBER OF SPAYING OR NEUTERING PROCEDURES THAT
SHALL BE DEEMED THE EQUIVALENT OF  ONE  HOUR  OF  CONTINUING  VETERINARY
EDUCATION.  Any veterinarian whose first registration date following the
effective  date  of  this section occurs less than three years from such
effective date, but on or after  January  first,  two  thousand  twelve,
shall  complete  continuing  education  hours on a prorated basis at the
rate of one and one-quarter hours per month  for  the  period  beginning
January  first,  two  thousand  twelve up to the first registration date
thereafter. A licensee who has not satisfied  the  mandatory  continuing
education  requirements  shall  not  be  issued a triennial registration
certificate by the department and shall not practice unless and until  a
conditional  registration  certificate is issued as provided in subdivi-
sion three of this section, or until he or she  has  otherwise  met  the
requirements  of  this  section. The individual licensee shall determine
the selection of courses or programs of study  pursuant  to  subdivision
four of this section.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04668-03-2

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