Management: The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Spay/Neuter Guidelines – 2016, Part I (1478)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Animal Welfare
Monday |  9:00 AM -  9:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217A



Philip Bushby DVM, MS, DACVS
Mississippi State University

Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois CVM.<br><br>A Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon, Phil served on the faculty at Mississippi State University CVM for 36 years. Although recently retired he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State and works at the College part-time. His focus has been spay-neuter taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in Mississippi providing wellness care and spay-neuter services for over 20 years. These services significantly increase adoption rates, provide students with an exceptional surgery experiences and sensitizes students to the plight of homeless animals. His program was honored in 2011 as a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute's folk-life festival in Washington DC. <br><br>Phil's interest in shelter medicine and spay-neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City. His primary goal is to ensure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in addressing the problem.<br><br>Phil serves on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc., Mississippi Spay and Neuter and previously served on the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He was a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA's Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA's national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


In 2008, the ASV published “The Association of Shelter Veterinarians veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs.” Those guidelines were intended to ensure a consistent high-quality level of care for animals presented to spay-neuter programs for ovariohysterectomy or castration and were based on principles of anesthesiology, critical care medicine, microbiology, and surgical practice. To keep the guidelines current, in 2014 the ASV convened a task force to revise the spay/neuter guidelines. This presentation will highlight revisions that have been made in pre-, intra-, and post-operative animal care as well as discuss overall clinic efficiency and management.

Learning Objectives

1. To appreciate the purpose and understand the comprehensive nature of the spay-neuter guidelines

2. To recognize that the guidelines are a valuable resource for any veterinarian/practice that performs sterilization surgeries

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