The American Veterinary Medical Association has endorsed spay/neuter for cats by the age of five months, recognizing that pregnancy can occur by that age and there are no adverse effects to early-age sterilization.
Early spay/neuter will significantly reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, in turn reducing relinquishment of kittens to animal shelters and the burden on shelter resources and staff, and increasing the number of lives saved.
By the end of the webinar, participants will:
Hear what led to the 2017 change in the AVMA’s recommended age for cat spay/neuter
Understand the potential impact of changing the generally accepted age of cat spay/neuter
Learn how to implement this change in private veterinary practices and shelter environments
Gather specific techniques that make spay/neuter of 4- to 5-month-old cats efficient and safe
This webinar is intended for veterinarians working in private practice, animal shelters or spay/neuter clinics as well as animal welfare workers.
This webinar has been approved by AAVSB RACE for 1.0 continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.