Proposed Ohio bill gives veterinarians incentive to perform free spay/neutering

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A bill giving veterinarians an incentive to help with spay, neutering services is expected to be reintroduced in the Ohio General Assembly.

Last year, house bill 433 proposed allowing a licensed veterinarian to receive up to two continuing education credits toward renewing their license by performing free spay and neutering services to local humane societies and dog pounds.

Advocates say it's a win-win, letting vets help out local shelters and the pet population, while earning required credits to continue practicing.

"I think it's great that it's going to work twofold," Humane Society of the Ohio Valley assistant manager Rennelle Casto-Mcintire said, "show the veterinarian that if they were to offer their services at no rate, no fee, that they're helping with the community in a big way as far as making sure that we have spayed/neutered dogs and cats in the community."

The bill passed unanimously in the House last year but stalled in the Senate. The legislation was sponsored by Representative Tom Brinkman and Brigid Kelly. Brinkman's office confirmed he is working to bring the "Vet CE" bill back to the floor.