February 18, 2011
HSVMA-Sponsored Oregon Spay Day 2011 Event Provides Valuable Training for Veterinary Students
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring a Spay Day 2011 event this weekend in Corvallis, Ore. that will provide spay/neuter services for approximately 100 free-roaming cats from the Corvallis community. The event will also provide valuable training opportunities for veterinary students from Oregon State University.
HSVMA sponsored a similar event on Feb. 12 in Madison, Wisconsin where veterinary students from the University of Wisconsin and veterinary technician students from the Madison Area Technical College helped perform spay and neuter surgeries on more than 80 free-roaming cats from that community.
“What makes these HSVMA events so special is that they are supporting the education of veterinary and veterinary technician students in a way that benefits both the animals and the community,” said Dr. Susan Krebsbach, an HSVMA veterinary consultant who helps coordinate these events.
This weekend’s event will be hosted on Sunday by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, a local nonprofit that focuses on helping free-roaming cats, and has helped alter more than 46,000 cats since they formed in 1995. The HSVMA-sponsored event is one of four Spay Day events that FCCO is holding this month. The Oregon State University Chapter of the HSVMA, which helped organize the event, recently hosted an HSVMA lunch presentation on the topic of the veterinary professional’s role in curbing free roaming cat populations through the Trap-Neuter-Return technique. The Spay Day event will give the students a chance to see first-hand the practical applications of the only scientifically-proven way to reduce feral and free-roaming cat populations.
"The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon believes it is important to have students involved at our clinics so they can be an advocate and resource to the community about feral and stray cats when they become veterinarians," said Leah Kennon, CVT, operations director of the Feral Cat Coalition. "We are honored to have the support of HSVMA in bringing our work to the students and community."
HSVMA works to improve veterinary students’ access to beneficial surgical training opportunities through direct care opportunities, educational workshops and advocacy initiatives. Last year, HSVMA Field Services clinics helped train more than 200 veterinary students while providing no-cost care to more than 8,300 animals in remote areas across the U.S. and abroad.
Spay Day is an annual campaign by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International which is designed to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering. Information about and the location of Spay Day 2011 events across the country can be found here.
For more information about HSVMA, and how veterinary professionals can get involved with Spay Day 2011, visit hsvma.org.
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) was formed as a home for veterinary professionals who want to join together to speak out for animals, engage in direct care programs for animals in need, and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues. The HSVMA is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.