In December 2006, ASPCA® and PetSmart Charities® convened a Veterinary Task Force to Advance High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter (HQHVSN).
Twenty-two veterinarians from around the country, representing
academia, shelter medicine, all models of clinics and several
veterinary associations, took part in the first of three Summits to
advance four key objectives:
- Standards: Develop a consensus document on
standards of care for surgical (peri-operative) and anesthesia
protocols to be submitted to JAVMA for publication late 2007 and
available for wide distribution and posting to websites
- Training/Recruitment: Draft a national training and recruitment plan for increasing the numbers of qualified HQHVSN veterinarians.
- Validation: Conduct measurement of existing
and new initiatives for the purposes of a) assessing success, b)
publication in peer-reviewed journals, and c) to inform better
targeting of programs.
- Veterinary Endorsement: Develop guidelines for working positively and effectively with the general veterinary community.
The Task Force met at Cornell University College of Veterinary
Medicine in December 2006 and at the Louisiana State University School
of Veterinary Medicine in April 2007. Their final Summit occurred in
conjunction with PetSmart Charities' national spay/neuter conference —
The Fix-it Forum — in October, 2007.
Publications and updates from the Task Force will be posted as they become available here and on the Association of Shelter Veterinarians website.
The Task Force
- Leslie Appel, DVM, Executive Director, Shelter Outreach Services, Ithaca, NY
- Mark Bohling, DVM, DACVS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, UTenn College of Veterinary Medicine, TN
- Karla Brestle, DVM, Medical Director, Humane Alliance, NC
- Phil Bushby, DVM, MS, D.ACVS, Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, Mississippi State University, MS
- Susan Eddlestone, DVM, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, LSU School of Vet Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, LA
- Kelly Farrell, DVM, Senior Veterinarian, Angels of Assisi, VA
- Nancy Ferguson, DVM, Medical Director, Pets ALIVE S/N Clinic, Bloomington, IN
- Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
Internal Medicine, Director of Clinical Programs, Maddie's Shelter
Medicine Program, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, NY
- Lisa Howe, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, Co-Chief Small Animal Surgical Sciences, Texas A&M University
- Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Founder, Medical Director, EmanciPET, Austin, TX
- Julie Levy, DVM, PhD DACVIM, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, FL
- Andrea Looney, DVM, DACVA, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Pain Medicine & Anesthesiology, Cornell University College of Vet Medicine, NY
- Michael Moyer, DVM, Director of Shelter Animal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, PA
- Sandra Newbury, DVM, National Shelter Medicine Extension Veterinarian, Koret Shelter Med Program, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, MN
- Melissa Saxton, DVM, Humane Alliance, NC
- Janet Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor of
Epidemiology, Director, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, Cornell
University College of Veterinary Medicine, NY
- David Sweeney, DVM, Big Fix Chief of Staff, No More Homeless Pets, UT
- Kathy Tyson, DVM, Animal Shelter Veterinarian, City of San Jose Animal Care and Services, CA
- Adrie Voors, DVM, Staff Veterinarian, Shenandoah Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic, VA
- James Weedon, DVM, MPH, Executive Director, SNAP, Houston, TX
- Sara White, DVM, Executive Director, Spay ASAP Inc., VT
- Christine Wilford, DVM, President, Co-Founder, Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, Seattle, WA