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Okla. State University Vet School To End Terminal Surgeries of Dogs

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine's decision to eliminate "terminal surgeries" from the third-year surgery curriculum and replace those with spay/neuter surgery training on animals from shelters who are then returned for adoption — procedures that actually benefit the animals and provide students with a better way of learning.

"The new OSU program is a win-win situation for all involved, allowing students both to learn the surgical procedures and to participate in the recovery of their patients," said Dr. Susan Krebsbach, veterinary consultant for The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which is an affiliate of The HSUS. "It also is in line with the recent trend at U.S. schools of veterinary medicine to move towards a more humane veterinary curriculum that includes only beneficial procedures and necessary treatments for the animals the students are being trained to heal."

"It is our understanding, according to published reports, that as a result of this policy change, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine will no longer be using the services of Class B dealers to seize healthy animals from shelters for practice surgery. This also is a welcome development."


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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