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February 10, 2012

HSVMA Sponsors Spay Day Event to Sterilize 200 Feral Cats and Educate Veterinary Students

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Dane County Friends of Ferals are sponsoring a Spay Day event with the goal of sterilizing 200 Dane County feral cats this weekend. The HSVMA has provided funding for additional surgical equipment needed to help the DCFF make this their largest-ever sterilization event. This event is part of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International’s World Spay Day campaign, which is designed to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering.

“What makes these Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association events so special is that they support 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.

Dr. CC Sheldon, an instructor from Madison Area Technical College and a board member of the DCFF, added, “The hands-on experience that students receive during these events is invaluable. It helps the students to be more skilled at performing veterinary procedures and also more compassionate veterinary professionals.”

The event was organized in conjunction with the DCFF, an animal rescue group that is dedicated to the health and well-being of Dane County Wisconsin’s feral cats, as part of their monthly Trap-Neuter-Return program. The goal is to spay or neuter 200 free-roaming cats from the Dane County area. If the DCFF and HSVMA meet this goal the event will be the most successful monthly sterilization to date for DCFF. The event will be hosted by Madison Area Technical College on Saturday and Globe University on Sunday.

HSVMA works to improve veterinary students’ access to beneficial surgical training opportunities through direct care opportunities, educational workshops, and advocacy initiatives. Last year alone, HSVMA field service clinics helped train more than 200 veterinary professional students while providing no cost care to close to 8,700 animals in remote areas across the U.S. and abroad, valued at $1.5 million in services.

Find more information on World Spay Day events click here. For more information on how veterinary professionals can get involved with Spay Day 2012 visit hsvma.org.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 301-548-7793, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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