Bill To Provide Doctors, Vets With Continuing Education Credits For Free Services Gets Final Legislative OK

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TRENTON – Legislation to allow physicians and veterinarians to earn continuing education credits for providing free medical and veterinary services has received final legislative approval.

Under the bill (A-928), the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners (BME) and the New Jersey Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (BVME) would be required to establish specific courses, topics and core requirements for continuing medical and veterinary education.

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The BME would be instructed to allow physicians to replace 10 of the 100 continuing medical education credits they are required to complete every two years through volunteer medical services, at a rate of two hours per credit.

Likewise, the BVME would similarly be instructed to allow veterinarians to replace 10 of the 20 continuing veterinary education credits they are required to complete by providing free spaying or neutering services.  Veterinarians would earn one credit for every two cats or dogs spayed or for every four cats or dogs neutered.

The changes would take effect six months after the date of the bill’s enactment.

The bill was recently approved 75-1-2 by the Assembly. It was approved 37-2 by the Senate in February. It now heads to the governor for his consideration.


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