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Future Vets Helping Future Pets

Description:

The shelter medicine program at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) provides spay/neuter procedures for regional shelters and other humane organizations, most of which do not employ a veterinarian. Senior veterinary students perform sterilization (spay/neuter) procedures under the supervision of a CVM faculty member. A registered veterinary technician and DVM intern support the work of the students. The work is completed in a mobile surgery unit which departs each day from the CVM complex to partner organizations. The mobile surgery unit serves a variety of organizations managing unwanted pets. These include municipal shelters, non-profit humane societies, rescue organizations, and community-based trap-neuter-release programs. In addition, the faculty member provides consultation services on request for these organizations, and mobile unit personnel participate in the Hill's Pet Food regional shelter day, outreach activities fund-raising events, and public education seminars for partner organizations. The service goal of the shelter medicine program is to improve the health and adoptability of lost and relinquished pets, and to strengthen student awareness of the homeless pet population.

Offering:

Ongoing

Contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Clinical Sciences Department Head

Phone: 785-532-5700

E-mail: edavis@vet.k-state.edu

Program Partners:

Salina Animal Services, Helping Hands Humane Society (Topeka – one veterinarian), Prairie Paws Animal Shelter (Ottawa), Lawrence Humane Society (one veterinarian), Emporia Animal Shelter, Cat Tails Feline Rescue (Manhattan), Riley County Humane Society, Beatrice Humane Society, Clay County Animal Rescue and Education Center, Topeka Community Cat Fix (trap-neuter-release), Hutchinson Animal Shelter, Friends of Felines (trap-neuter-release Wichita)

Impact Area(s):

Eastern Kansas

Audience:

The mobile surgery unit serves a variety of organizations managing unwanted pets including municipal shelters, non-profit humane societies, rescue organizations, and community-based trap-neuter-release programs.