Gives students in-depth knowledge of HQHVSN (High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter) and introduces skills necessary for evaluating, improving, and developing successful HQHVSN programs based on community need. 3 credit course.
Spay/neuter remains the most reliable and effective means of preventing unwanted reproduction of cats and dogs. A good spay neuter program reduces shelter euthanasia rates, directly improves length of stay, and increases capacity for care in animal shelters. In this course, students will a) learn to apply The Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs to increase both quality and volume for spay neuter programs, b) learn about existing programs, resources, and organizations on the front lines of spay neuter, c) identify and address spay/neuter needs in their communities, d) evaluate their local and organizational resources for spay neuter, e) address common questions and debates surrounding spay/neuter with intelligent, evidence-based discussion.