Module 8: The Case of the Spay-Neuter Skeptic

Julie K. Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP


A row of surgeons in blue scrub tops perform spay surgery on cats


Module Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe barriers to animals being sterilized and devise methods of mitigating those barriers in both owned and community animals.
  • Explain the importance of pediatric spay-neuter, targeted spay-neuter, and community cat diversion as it affects shelter intake.
  • Describe standards of care and outcomes in HQHVSN practice, including how standards can be maintained in remote and MASH clinics.
  • Respond to common concerns regarding access to care, the impact of spay-neuter on shelter dynamics, the quality of HQHVSN programs, and controversies regarding health effects of spay-neuter on physical health.
  • Develop a plan for mitigating the risk of physical and emotional stress experienced in spay-neuter practice.



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