SAN JUAN – The senator of the New Progressive Party (PNP), William Villafañe, demanded on Thursday the Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Examining Board to comply with the Law of Provisional Licenses for the Exercise of Veterinary Medicine Free to the Public, Law Number 86 of August 4, 2020.
“Law 86-2020 is the one that establishes the requirements, not the regulations. Furthermore, the board can only reject a request for a provisional license if the veterinarian has a proven record of veterinary medical malpractice or serious crimes. Therefore, there is no reason for this entity to decide to deny an application for a temporary license that complies with the provisions of the law, ”Villafañe said in a written communication.
He explained that the aforementioned statute provides for veterinarians from the United States and / or Canada to provide mass vaccination and sterilization services on the island for free, as a measure to reduce the overpopulation of animals, particularly those abandoned on our streets.
Villafañe, who is a co-author of the aforementioned law, explained that he recently came to know that the board denied a temporary license to a non-profit organization that has been offering services to the population of Vieques for free – which needs them so much – for years. on the grounds that it does not yet have a regulation.
He added that he will remain attentive to the actions of the aforementioned entity, attached to the Department of Health, in case he had to take any action to ensure compliance with Law 86-2020.
“The primary purpose is to reduce the overpopulation of animals in Puerto Rico. Therefore, all the entities concerned have to work sensitively towards that end, without presenting obstacles ”, concluded the legislator.