When it comes to the relationship between wellness care and spay/neuter services, in most instances the answer is AND not OR. This webinar will describe how spay/neuter outreach led to a realization that many pets are going unserved by traditional veterinary models.

There are still pockets of urgent need where spay/neuter is critical for lifesaving. However even in areas where pet populations are more in balance, we continue to need spay/neuter to maintain that balance. We will describe the categories of animals best served by the high volume high quality spay/neuter model (HQHVSN).

Finally, we will discuss several models to demonstrate how spay/neuter clinics provide access to veterinary care. While spay/neuter clinics should focus on what they do best for maximum efficiency, as a wider community, we have an obligation to support cradle-to-grave-care for all pets. Spay/neuter clinics should work within a network of providers within each community to bridge gaps and overcome barriers to care. Strategies for tackling this work and presenting it to funders will be described.

Dr. Phil Bushby, Professor, Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA, Director, Tufts Shelter Medicine Program & the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
Aimee St. Arnaud, Business Partner, Open Door Veterinary Support

This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

This live and recorded program is pending approved for:
1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE

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