Some animal clinics worry about proposed rules

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Operators of some nonprofit clinics that spay and neuter animals say new rules being considered by a state board could cause them to close their doors.

The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/Uy6Wib) that the proposed rules are under consideration by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

If approved, the rules would prohibit non-veterinarians from hiring veterinarians and would prohibit non-veterinarians, including non-profit groups, from owning veterinarian equipment.

Mark Nelson, executive director of Alabama Spay/Neuter in Irondale, says the rules would make it difficult for his clinic to stay open.

The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will hold a public hearing on the rules Oct. 10.

The proposed rules indicate the board wants to make sure veterinarians are making all decisions that could affect animals.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews



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