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.
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, and applies to services and facilities pursuant to section 6606 of such 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.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6886--A IN SENATE April 4, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Educa- tion -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee 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. (A) During each triennial registration period an applicant for registration 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. (I) SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL COURSEWORK MAY INCLUDE FREE SPAYING AND NEUTER- ING SERVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MUNICIPALITY, DULY INCORPORATED NOT- FOR-PROFIT SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, DULY INCOR- PORATED HUMANE SOCIETY, OR DULY INCORPORATED ANIMAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION PROVIDED THAT SUCH SERVICES BE ADMINISTERED AT PRACTICES, FACILITIES AND PROPERTIES AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-SEVEN HUNDRED SIX OF THIS ARTICLE. (II) THE DEPARTMENT MAY OFFSET UP TO THREE HOURS OF THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS PARA- GRAPH BY THE NUMBER OF FREE SPAYING AND NEUTERING SERVICES RENDERED BY AN APPLICANT, AT A RATE OF ONE-HALF OF ONE HOUR OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR EACH HOUR OF FREE SPAYING AND NEUTERING SERVICES, PROVIDED THAT A VETERINARIAN SHALL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE CORE REQUIREMENTS ESTAB- LISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT. (III) THE DEPARTMENT MAY REDUCE, IN PART, AN APPLICATION BY A LICENSEE TO OFFSET CREDITS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH IF THE DEPARTMENT FINDS, IN ITS DISCRETION, THAT THE APPLICANT REQUIRES FORMAL CONTINUING EDUCATION IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN OR RESTORE PROFESSIONALEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04668-13-2 S. 6886--A 2
COMPETENCE, OR MAY DENY ALL APPLICATIONS IF THE DEPARTMENT FINDS THAT FORMAL CONTINUING EDUCATION IS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF DEVELOPMENTS IN SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY. (B) 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.