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.
Reports suggest 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.