New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earned praise from the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association for signing legislation that will allow veterinarians to receive continuing education credit for providing free spay/neuter services.

As part of licensure, veterinarians registered with the state’s Education Department must complete a specified number of continuing education requirements. Under the new law, veterinarians may perform spay-neuter surgery in shelters to earn this education credit.

Brian Shapiro, New York state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said:

“We applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law. Veterinarians can gain substantial knowledge through their involvement in spay/neuter work. Plus, this new change could help alleviate pet overpopulation and reduce the number of animals euthanized at New York shelters.”

In June, both houses of the legislature passed A.680/S.4449, which was sponsored by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, D- Manhattan and State Sen. Philip M. Boyle, R-Bay Shore. The law goes into effect 90 days from the signing.

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