Source: VIN News Service

A proposed bill in California aims to allow registered Veterinary technicians (RVTs) to neuter male domestic cats under direct veterinarian supervision. If passed, California would be the first state to permit such surgeries by RVTs. Proponents argue it could address the shortage of veterinarians and tackle pet overpopulation. However, opponents, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), express concerns about safety and professional standards.

The bill is sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and supported by the California RVT Association. In contrast, the UK is considering similar measures, with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) endorsing Veterinary nurses to perform cat castrations. Despite ongoing debate and endorsement, changes have yet to be implemented in the UK. The bill could be discussed in committee as early as March 8, potentially reshaping Veterinary practice standards in California.

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