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  • PACC hosts spay/neuter training for vets across state

    Oct 07, 2015 | Read More News
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    spay neuter clinicPima Animal Care Center hosted a training this past Saturday, Oct. 3, showing veterinarians across the state how to perform spay and neuter surgeries on young animals.  

    Seven vets from across the state participated in this hands-on training, each performing ten spay and neuter surgeries on two-month-old healthy pets from PACC’s shelter and foster care program. 

    Dr. Philip Bushby, national expert in pediatric spay/neuter and board member for PetSmart Charities™, led the training alongside two other instructors, including PACC’s lead veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox.

    “After completing this training, vets should feel more comfortable doing early age spay and neuter surgeries, which will increase our ability to send these young animals out of our shelter without contributing to over-population,” said Wilcox.  

    spay and neuterPetSmart Charities funded the training in partnership with the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA). As part of the training, the participating vets also received continuing education credit from AZVMA, which is a requisite for their two-year license renewal.  

    According to Wilcox, veterinarians usually do not get trained on how to fix animals younger than six months, and it’s something usually left for continuing education.  “The challenging part about these surgeries is keeping the pets warm, so efficiency and speed are key components that we teach these vets during these sessions.” 

    Years ago, PACC would send very young animals out of the shelter unaltered and ask adopters to bring their pets back to get spayed or neutered. Now that PACC has Dr. Wilcox and a team of veterinarians that is well-versed in pediatric spay/neuter surgery, every animal placed up for adoption leaves PACC fixed.

    “We don’t have the luxury of waiting until they’re six months old,” said Dr. Wilcox. “With our community’s profound pet-overpopulation problem and our shelter’s continuous overcrowding, every single pet needs to leave here fixed.”

    vet trainingPima Animal Care will also participate in an upcoming free spay and neuter clinic this weekend, from Oct. 9-11 at Los Ranchitos Elementary School, 2054 E. Ginter Road. Dr. Wilcox and a group of PACC staff and volunteers will complete a 9-hour surgery shift on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. Additionally, PACC will loan event organizers an autoclave and sonic bath, used for sterilizing and cleaning instruments.