Midwestern University Spay and Neuter Program Benefits Local Community and CVM Students
March 28, 2017
In September 2015, the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine began providing spay, neuter, and dental services to local non-profit animal organizations in the Phoenix area. To date, over 1,200 dogs and cats have been treated by second year veterinary students under close faculty and staff supervision. The program is part of a CVM course in which second year veterinary students learn all aspects of care for patients before, during, and after surgery.
Dr. Brian K. Sidaway, Associate Dean for Clinic Operations, says the program accomplishes two main goals for the college. “We are very proud of this program because it allows us to help provide much needed care to animals who need permanent homes. At the same time, our students receive real life clinical experience that is unmatched in any other veterinary curriculum. We are humbled to work with these organizations and to be a small part of what they do to advance the care of homeless animals, and we are very proud to help serve our community in this way.”
The college initially partnered with 10 shelter and animal rescue organizations, but today over 30 organizations are involved in the program. The program is an excellent example of how the college helps local organizations and animals in the community that are in need of medical care. The college provides these services at no cost to the shelters and rescue organizations, providing much needed financial relief to these organizations.