Big Problem Big Solutions Mega SN Clinics

October 2013 by Kelly Farrell, DVM

Audience: Executive Leadership, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 45 minutes

Dr. Kelly Farrell is the Medical Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is one of the largest spay/neuter clinics in the country. This workshop is designed to familiarize attendees with the inner workings of a Mega Spay/Neuter Clinic that performs 25,000+ surgeries annually. FCNMHP's targeted spay/neuter programs have been instrumental in decreasing shelter admissions in Duval County by more than 50 percent over the last decade. This talk was part of the Face-to-Face with Feral Freedom workshop brought to you by The Target Zero Institute and Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the efficiency of a spay/neuter clinic by comparing it to this type of mega clinic.
  • Evaluate the patient flow of a clinic, identify choke-points and reorganize for maximum efficiencies and targeted strategies.
  • Evaluate pet sterilization programs for effectiveness.

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Kelly Farrell, DVM

Dr. Kelly Farrell, a graduate of Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, practiced as a private small-animal veterinarian until she was drawn into nonprofit work by the need for leadership in the burgeoning spay/neuter clinic movement. For 14 years, she has specialized in designing efficient systems to deliver high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services to both privately owned and sheltered animals. Her programs have ranged from small, one-surgeon clinics, mobile spay/neuter services and in-shelter services to high-production, multiple-doctor and full-service nonprofit hospitals. Currently, she is the medical director at First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, Florida, where the team performs more than 24,000 sterilization surgeries each year and operates an active full-service outpatient clinic. Jacksonville is a community on the verge of achieving no-kill status.


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