Module 8: The Case of the Spay-Neuter Skeptic

HQHVSN in Remote Locations – Getting It Right

Case Study 3:  HQHVSN in a Remote Temple

Ethical programs investigate the local community’s needs and integrate in a way that assures cultural humility, continuity of care, sustainability, progressive development of local infrastructure, and measurable lasting impact. There are many excellent volunteer opportunities around the world. Some examples include ViDAS, Animal Balance, World Vets, and RAVS.


Getting it Right

This image is from a volunteer spay-neuter program in Cambodia. The team is working in a temporary open-air clinic set up in a temple in a very hot climate. What do you see that complies with ASV  spay-neuter guidelines? Click on the hotspots for more information.



Watch This

Title slide and Dr. Polak portrait with dog

Listen to this presentation Achieving Best Practices in a Non-Traditional Setting by Dr. Katherine Polak, as she explains how to adapt essential standards of care to non-traditional international spay-neuter settings. (27 min)

Dr. Katherine Polak served as the Head of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia for Four Paws International, a global charity working to improve the conditions of free-roaming dogs and cats through sterilization programs and to combat the cruel dog and cat meat trade. Dr. Polak completed a residency in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and an internship in Shelter Medicine at Colorado State University. She was one of the first veterinarians to become boarded in the new specialty of Shelter Medicine. Before joining Four Paws, she worked at Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, where she launched a large-scale sterilization campaign aiming to sterilize 80% of Bangkok’s estimated 640,000 free-roaming dogs and managed a large animal shelter in Phuket. Dr. Polak also helped to create the first ever dog meat-free city in South Korea, developed strategies to combat the dog meat trade in Vietnam and Indonesia, and worked to end the mass poisoning of stray dogs in Yangon, Myanmar.


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