A state law requiring that veterinarians have special licenses to perform surgeries in upstate New York was approved on Monday by the state Legislature.
The legislation, which was written by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Manhattan, would also require that any animals that are transported from New York to upstate be accompanied by a licensed veterinarian who can perform the surgery.
It also requires veterinarians to obtain the necessary certificates of insurance from the state’s Department of Health.
Veterinarians who perform procedures in New Jersey, New York and Vermont would be subject to additional requirements.
The law also requires that the procedures be performed by a veterinarian licensed in one of those states or New York.
The law, which passed the Assembly on a bipartisan vote, will go into effect on July 1.
The measure was written after the state enacted legislation requiring veterinarians in New England to have the necessary licenses to operate in upstates, but the New York Legislature did not act on it before the end of June.
The New York Veterinary Medical Association, the state chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Associations, which represents veterinarians, said the legislation will not impact veterinary care.
“Vets have always been in New Hampshire and they have always performed in New New Hampshire, and we continue to be,” said Mark Clements, president and chief executive of the association.
“This legislation doesn’t require us to change the way we do things in New Hampshirks, and it will not make us any more uncompetitive.”
Clements added that veterinaries across the country have been preparing for the possibility of a similar law.
“We are ready for any challenge that comes in the future,” he said.
“The state will continue to make sure that our health and safety are taken care of.
There is nothing in the bill that would require us or the state to change our procedures or the care that we provide our animals.”
The New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Society, the largest in the state, said it supports the bill.
The association has lobbied for it for years.
The state has more than 1,300 veterinarians and their representatives, and the veterinary specialty represents about 15 percent of the state veterinary workforce.
A state health department spokeswoman said it is not immediately clear when a final rule will be issued.