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February 11, 2011

HSVMA Sponsors Madison, Wis. Spay Day Event

Free-roaming cats will be spayed and neutered, also providing valuable training for local veterinary and veterinary technician students

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring a Spay Day event this weekend at the Madison Area Technical College that will provide spay/neuter services for approximately 75 free-roaming cats from the Madison community. The event will also provide valuable training opportunities for veterinary students from University of Wisconsin and veterinary technician students from MATC.

HSVMA is sponsoring a similar event on Feb. 20 in Corvallis, Ore., at which veterinary students from Oregon State University will help perform spay and neuter surgeries on approximately 100 free-roaming cats from that community. Find more Wisconsin spay day events here.

 “What makes these HSVMA events so special is that they are supporting the education of veterinary students and veterinary technician students in a way that benefits both the animals and the community,” said Dr. Susan Krebsbach, an HSVMA veterinary consultant who is helping coordinate the Wisconsin event.

This weekend’s event will be hosted on Saturday by Dane County Friends of Ferals, a local nonprofit that focuses on helping free-roaming cats, and Madison Area Technical College. With an almost 1:1 ratio of veterinary professionals working with veterinary students and veterinary technician students, the event aims to provide students with a high level of instruction in spay/neuter surgeries, while providing a critical service to the Madison area. The clinic is embracing the Valentine’s Day theme with a love song playlist and famous couples naming contest for the cats.

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 over 8,300 animals in remote areas across the U.S. and abroad.

The Oregon clinic scheduled for later this month will also tie in with Spay Day,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.

For more information on how veterinary professionals can get involved with Spay Day 2011, visit hsvma.org.

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 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.

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