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New spay-neuter guidelines: Grounded in science, practical in application

August 8, 2016

APEX, N.C. — Whether they are performing spay and neuter procedures in a private practice, spay-neuter clinic, mobile clinic or veterinary school, veterinarians can now reference newly updated and expanded professional guidelines that encompass all aspects of the spay-neuter process. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians' 2016 Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs were recently… Learn More

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Part 1: Safe and Efficient Anesthesia for High Quality, High Volume Spay Neuter

Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAASeptember 2016

Learn about monitoring, trouble shooting and avoiding common anesthesia complications. Learn More

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Part 2: HQHVSN Anesthesia: Updates from the Revised ASV Guidelines, Protocols and Patient Monitoring

Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAASeptember 2016

Hear specifics about updates in the Anesthesia Section of the revised ASV guidelines. Learn More

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Waste Anesthetic Gases (WAGs) That isn’t Fido's Gas You Are Smelling

Karen Basher, LVT, VTS-AnesthesiaSeptember 2016

Waste anesthetic gases (WAGs) are anesthetic vapors that escape the patient and/or the anesthetic system, and can cause heath issues to personnel that are in constant contact.  Learn More

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Overview of Spay/Neuter Literature

Margaret R. Slater, DVM, PhDSeptember 2016

Hear an overview of the evidence regarding both the risk and benefits of sterilization surgery and their implications for recommendations regarding the procedure. Learn More

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What's Trending in High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter?

Michelle Amtower, DVMSeptember 2016

Join us as we take a tour of the current trends in high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) and share some tricks of the trade. Learn More

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New best practice guidelines for spay/neuter programs from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians

July 12, 2016

High-volume spay/neuter programs come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone clinics, to MASH-style operations, to mobile vans, to in-shelter surgical suites, and more. A task force of experts from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) has just released their 2016 guidelines to best practices to ensure excellent animal care in high-volume spay/neuter programs —… Learn More

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Managing fractures in shelter pets without shortchanging them – or your budget

February 16, 2016

Most private veterinary practices rely on surgery when it comes to certain kinds of broken bones. But when surgery isn't in the cards – or the budget – for your animal shelter, managing those fractures can often be done humanely and effectively without it. That was the message from board-certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Matthew D.… Learn More

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Anesthesia for the Senior Patient: Guess What? Age is a Disease

Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA October 2015

Learn about the physiology of aging and how the pharmacology of anesthetic agents is changed in the aging patient. Learn More

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Big Problem, Big Solutions: Mega Spay/Neuter Clinics

Kelly Farrell, DVMOctober 2013

This workshop is designed to familiarize attendees with the inner workings of a Mega Spay/Neuter Clinic that performs 25,000+ surgeries annually. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Recuvrya - A Novel Approach to Pain Management in the Shelter

Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPMOctober 2013

A new kind of medication for treating post-surgical pain in dogs. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Updates on Spay/Neuter Research

Amie Burling, DVMOctober 2013

Dr. Amie Burling, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida, discusses updates on spay and neuter research. Learn More

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Beyond the Cutting Edge: Non-Surgical Tools for Contraception and Sterilization of Dogs and Cats

Joyce Briggs, MS July 2013

A discussion of the status of research on non-surgical sterilants for dogs and cats. Learn More

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How to Start a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program in Your Community

Jesse OldhamJuly 2013

The presentation covers a basic overview of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, and explores how TNR programs might differ depending on who is implementing them, the resources available in a community and the desired program outcomes. Learn More

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Non-Surgical Neutering - Are You Ready?

Robert Weedon, DVM, MPHJuly 2013

This presentation examines the technology behind the only FDA-approved nonsurgical sterilant for use in male dogs, and outlines the importance of training and proper injection technique, tips for successful implementation and real-life examples of how animal welfare groups are currently using it. Learn More

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Use of Dexmedetomidine in the Shelter Setting

Andrea Looney, DVM, DACVA, CCRP, CVAJuly 2013

This presentation considers the pharmacology, clinical presentation and nuanced usage of several injectable anesthesia regimes utilizing the drug dexmedetomidine. Learn More

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Target Spay/Neuter Efforts

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2013

Large numbers of kittens entering shelters continue to be a major problem for many shelters. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology can be used to identify geographic areas that repeatedly are a source of kittens. Learn More

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High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter for Community Cats

Kathleen Makolinski, DVMAugust 2012

Free-roaming cats have a variety of temperaments, and those who are "feral” need special consideration when performing anesthesia and spay/neuter. It is important to minimize the cat’s stress and maximize safety for the humans who are providing medical care. Learn More

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Anesthetic Management in Animal Shelters – Keeping Them Alive

Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, Diplomate European College of Veterinary Anesthesia & AnalgesiaOctober 2011

Dr. Sheilah Robertson gives a fantastic presentation on Anesthetic Management in Animal Shelters at the 2011 University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference. Dr. Robertson talks about historical and current data related to anesthetic mortality, which patients are more at risk, certain drugs or techniques implicated, and what we can do to decrease risks. Learn More

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Pain Management in Animal Shelters – How Do We Know They Hurt?

Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVAA, ECVAA DiplomateOctober 2011

Animals undergoing anesthesia and surgery do go through pain and there is a lot that can be done to help minimize their pain, stress and discomfort. Learn More

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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs

July 2008

In an effort to ensure a consistent level of care among spay/neuter programs throughout the country, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians convened a task force of veterinarians to develop veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs. Learn More