COLUMBUS—Representative Bob Cupp (R – Lima) announced the House passage of a bill to allow veterinarians to meet their continuing education credits by helping to control pet overpopulation.

House Bill 433 provides licensed veterinarians the opportunity to receive up to two continuing education credits every two years for performing free spaying and neutering services. The bill specifies that for every one hour of free spaying and neutering services performed, a veterinarian can receive one-half hour of continuing education credits. Veterinarians are required to take thirty hours of continuing education in veterinary medicine every two years.

Spaying and neutering animals remains the single most efficient way to maintain population control and minimize euthanasia of unplanned and unwanted animals. These services will be performed in conjunction with a county humane society, a county dog pound, a municipal dog pound, or a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal protection and welfare.

“This measure will offer incentive to veterinarians to provide some free spay and neutering services without charge – all to help take at least a small bite out of the animal overpopulation problem many communities face,” Cupp said.

This bill is now awaiting consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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