HB 433, Veterinarian Continuing Ed for Neutering Services, is a home run for Ohio!
gives veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of performing up to FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER SURGERIES to receive up to two continuing ed units needed for license renewal
14 Ohio, distinguished, licensing boards currently allow continuing ed credit for pro bono work of their licensees:
The Supreme Court of Ohio that licenses attorneys
The State Medical Board of Ohio
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
The Ohio State Dental Board
The Ohio Board of Nursing
The Ohio Vision Professionals Board
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
The Ohio Board of Psychology
The Ohio State Chiropractic Board
The Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board
The Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
Ohio Emergency Medical Services
The Speech and Hearing Professionals Board
no burdensome regulations
saves animal lives
saves taxpayer money, especially in rural counties with limited funds
shelter medicine is unique and only briefly covered in veterinary school; thus, additional learning opportunity for veterinarians
vets may learn about ethnic, indigent, and underserved populations, not normally encountered in their work-a-day world
provides critical service to neighborhoods with outside, community cats or with low-income families
does not take revenue from other veterinary practices
broad, grassroots coalition of dog and cat advocates, who support HB 433: AARF Radio Ohio; Angels for Animals; Animal Pawtectors; Ashtabula County Animal Protective League; The Black Dog Food Pantry; Dogs Unlimited; Fairfield County CARES (Citizens for Animal Rights and Ethical Standards); Falcon Animal Rescue; Family Puppy Boycott-Puppy Mill Awareness of NW Ohio; Harrison County Dog Pound Volunteers; Hartman’s Hounds; Friends of Fido MCDP; Heaven Can Wait; Humane Society of Richland County; Joseph’s Legacy; Justice for Herbie; Kecia Mathys; Max’s Animal Mission; National Animal Shelter Volunteers; Never Muzzled; Nitro’s Ohio Army; North Coast Boxer Rescue; Ohio American Eskimo Rescue; Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates; One of a Kind Pet Rescue; Our Mission Dog Rescue; Paws and the Law; Pawz 2 Adopt, Austintown; Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue; A Perfect Match; Pinealope Animal Rescue; Rescue Village; Rose’s Rescue; Ross County Humane Society; Safe Harbor Animal Rescue, Vermillion; Sanctuary for Senior Dogs; Save Ohio Strays; Soul Connections of Central Ohio; Summit County Shelter; TNR of Warren, Inc.; Tuscarawas County Humane Society; Underdog Society of Knox County; Vote 4 Animals Help Chained Dogs, Dayton; West Side Cats, and 911 Dog Rescue Inc. / Amy’s Adoptables
SB 232, Veterinarians Continuing Ed for Neutering Services
Proponent Testimony by Beth Sheehan
February 6, 2018
Good afternoon, Chair Hackett, Vice Chair Hoagland, Ranking Minority Member O’Brien, and distinguished members of the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee.
I am Beth Sheehan, a Hamilton County resident, who stands before you today, representing a broad, grassroots coalition of dog and cat advocates and engaged, Ohio voters – AARF Radio Ohio; Angels for Animals; Animal Pawtectors; Ashtabula County Animal Protective League; The Black Dog Food Pantry; Dogs Unlimited; Fairfield County CARES (Citizens for Animal Rights and Ethical Standards); Falcon Animal Rescue; Family Puppy Boycott-Puppy Mill Awareness of NW Ohio; Harrison County Dog Pound Volunteers; Hartman’s Hounds; Friends of Fido MCDP; Heaven Can Wait; Humane Society of Richland County; Joseph’s Legacy; Justice for Herbie; Kecia Mathys; Max’s Animal Mission; National Animal Shelter Volunteers; Never Muzzled; Nitro’s Ohio Army; North Coast Boxer Rescue; Ohio American Eskimo Rescue; Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates; One of a Kind Pet Rescue; Our Mission Dog Rescue; Paws and the Law; Pawz 2 Adopt, Austintown; Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue; A Perfect Match; Pinealope Animal Rescue; Rescue Village; Rose’s Rescue; Ross County Humane Society; Safe Harbor Animal Rescue, Vermillion; Sanctuary for Senior Dogs; Save Ohio Strays; Soul Connections of Central Ohio; Summit County Shelter; TNR of Warren, Inc.; Tuscarawas County Humane Society; Underdog Society of Knox County; Vote 4 Animals Help Chained Dogs, Dayton; West Side Cats, and 911 Dog Rescue Inc. / Amy’s Adoptables, who enthusiastically support the passage of SB 232, “Veterinary Spay-Neuter Bill”.
SB 232 gives veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of receiving up to 2 Continuing Education Units (CEU), out of 30 needed biennially for license renewal, for performing up to four hours of free spay-neuter surgeries.
Why is this a significant bill? Cat and dog population explosion is exponential. Over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. every day. Some 6.5 million healthy and treatable cats and dogs enter shelters across the nation each year. About half of them are euthanized, many for space.
One cat can have three litters of kittens per year, with an average of four kittens per litter. An indoor cat, living to 15-years-old, could produce up to 180 kittens during her lifetime.
One dog can have up to three litters in a year, with an average of seven puppies per litter. One female and her babies can create 67,000 puppies in six years.
Spaying-neutering pets not only saves lives, but protects against pet, health problems, reduces some behavior problems, and also saves taxpayer money.
Spaying eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers and infections, and substantially decreases the risk of mammary cancers. Neutering prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate problems.
Unfixed pets may mark their territory by spaying strong smelling urine throughout their homes or digging under fences to meet a mate in heat, only to become a stray dog.
County governments are more efficient and save taxpayer dollars with fewer animals in their shelters. Many shelter costs will significantly decrease – the animals’ cost-of-care, the shelter employees’ wages, the euthanization expenditures, the price to incinerate their bodies, and the fees to haul their corpses away. Additionally, fewer animal remains will be deposited in the local landfill.
On average, communities spend approximately $8 per capita for animal shelters, handle 30 animals per 1,000 people, and euthanize about 12.5 animals per 1,000 people.
Everybody pays, whether he owns an animal or not. There are additional costs in time, money, and resources to our police, fire, and health departments, hospitals, prosecutors’ offices, and courts with an overflow of animals. The abundant dogs and cats are involved in cruelty and neglect cases, animal fighting rings, car accidents, stray dog bites, spread of disease, neighborhood disturbances, and violations of local ordinances and state laws.
With the passage of SB 232, we recognize the compassionate, generous work of our veterinarians; we hasten fiscal efficiency of our county governments; we attain a higher standard of humanity for ourselves.
I appreciate the openness of the leadership and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to learn more about this critical bill. I am pleased to answer your questions.
Chairman Young, Vice Chairman DeVitis, Ranking Member Lepore-Hagan, and members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide sponsor testimony on House Bill 433 . This bill, brought to Representative Brinkman and I by a constituent in Hamilton County, is a common sense approach to help the veterinarians in our state earn continuing education credit while helping to responsibly curb the issue of pet overpopulation.
The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board currently require all veterinarians in the state to report thirty hours of continuing education biennially . These hours may be obtained by numerous ways including online courses, office policy development, journal articles or conferences so long as 20 hours are scientifically related to the practice of veterinary medicine and no more than 10 are non – scientific.
Our legislation would simply allow Ohio veterinarians to receive up to two hours of continuing education per renewal if the licensed veterinarian performs free spaying and neutering services. For every one hour of free spaying and neutering services that the licensed veterinarian performs, they shall receive one – half hour of continuing education credit so long as the services are provided at a practice or facility that is appropriately staffed and equipped for such services and is done in conjunction with either a county humane society, dog pound or non-profit.
A companion bill has already been introduced in the Senate due to rising interest amongst the veterinary and animal rights community to provide veterinarian’s incentives to volunteer their services. Although many believe veterinarians stand to gain substantial knowledge through their involvement in spay/neuter work, veterinarians would still be required to complete core continuing education requirements by the state.
While estimates on number of unwanted animals in the state are unavailable, the exponential reproductive rates of cats and dogs continues to outpace adoption rates. Many shelters in the state are continuously forced to use euthanasia as the only means to make room for new take ins. The Humane Society of the United States successfully lobbied for the passage of a similar bill in the state of New York in 2016 in hopes that these laws might ease this problem.
Representative Brinkman and I believe that House Bill 433 is an easy step to decreasing the unwanted pet population and the number of animals euthanized at Ohio shelters. I appreciate the chance to offer testimony on House Bill 433 and would be happy to answer any questions.
Thank you, Representatives Kelly and Brinkman, for sponsoring, and DanaMarie Pannella for writing, this important, common sense bill that aims to recognize, with continuing education units, the compassionate work veterinarians do to stem the explosive, population growth of cats and dogs!
Follow SB 232, “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill on its path to victory for Ohio cats, dogs, & the people that love them!
1. SB 232 started with the idea of reducing the number of healthy and adoptable, shelter pets.
2. Senator Cecil Thomas (D), humane legislator, agreed to sponsor this bill.
3. DanaMarie Pannella, Esq., experienced, compassionate attorney, wrote SB 232.
4. Senator Thomas asked the other senators if they would like to co-sponsor his bill. Senators Schiavoni (D), Yuko (D), and Tavares (D) are now co-sponsors.
5. On November 14, 2017 the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill was assigned a number, SB 232.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here.)
6. On November 15, 2017, the bill was assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
7. This is where YOU come in. YOUR CALLS PUSH SB 232 forward in the process.
It’s always best to change the script a bit so that your message sounds fresh. You might comment with an original phrase about your feelings.You might say, “Good morning, Senator Hoagland, this is (your name), calling from (your city), an Ohio voter. — I’m very excited about SB 232, the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill. I don’t see how anyone could oppose it because the bill gives veterinarians the option, not a mandate, to perform free spay-neuter in exchange for continuing education units.
It’s a win-win bill! I strongly urge you to call SB 232 to a sponsor hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. – Thank you.”
Please PM me, Beth Sheehan, with your e-mail address to be placed on the “Animal Action Alerts!” list. I provide a sample script and contact information. Your call should take about 5 minutes.
4. HB 263 – “Dining with Dogs”, allows dogs on outdoor patios of restaurants
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
status – passed House on April 11, 2018
Restaurant owner must agree. Waiters cannot intentionally touch dogs. Each dog plate must be single use. Patio must have its separate entrance. Dogs are not permitted on the chairs or tables. Dog clean-up bags will be available.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-263 (Read the bill here)
5. HB 319 – “Shelter Dog as State Pet”
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
status – one hearing
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-3194 (Read the bill here)
6. HB 349 – “Increase Crime of Assaulting a Police or Search & Rescue – Dog or Horse “
sponsor – Rep Sarah LaTourette (R)
Applies same penalities for assaulting or harassing search and rescue dogs and horses as police dogs and horses have
Increases the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse from a second degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony, a third degree felony if the animal suffers serious physical harm, and a second degree felony if the animal dies.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation? 2&pageSize=10&start=1&sort=LegislationNumber&dir=asc&statusCode&legislationNumber=349&legislationTypes=HB&generalAssemblies=132 (Read the bill here)
7. HB 433 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsors – Reps Tom Brinkman (R) and Brigid Kelly (D)
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
This House bill and its companion bill, SB 232 in the Senate, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
Status – unanimously reported out of committee on April 10, 2018
Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony at the link below for a clear understanding of the bill.
cosponsors – Reps Andy Thompson (R), Brian Smith (R), John Patterson (D), Kirk Schuring (R), Bill Seitz (R), Koehler, Thomas Patton (R), Dick Stein (R), Thomas West (D), Martin Sweeney (D), Darrell Kick (R), Scott Ryan (R), James Hoops (R)
status – passed House; sponsor hearing in Senate
This bill is introduced in response to the STOP PUPPY MILLS OHIO (SPMO) ballot initiative.
HB 506 is not as good for animals from high volume breeders (AKA “puppy mills”) as Stop Puppy Mills Ohio (SPMO) is. Both HB 506 & SPMO ban stacking of cages & require daily cleaning of cages.
The House committee has made improvements on the bill, such as having a licensed veterinarian provide medical care for the animals.