News from the
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
3225 Vet. Med. Basic Sciences Bldg.
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
February 21, 2013
Veterinary Students Organize Successful 'Spay Day'The Feline Fixation, held on February 17, was the largest ever spay/neuter event put on by the Illinois Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, a student organization at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
In conjunction with World Spay Day, students sterilized 70 cats--27 females and 43 males--under the supervision of Dr. Bob Weedon and Dr. Amy MacNeill. Other organizations involved in this collaborative effort included CatSnap, Champaign County Animal Control, Champaign County Humane Society, and the Central Illinois Animal Welfare Coalition.
Approximately 35 veterinary students participated in all aspects of the event, including check-in, anesthesia induction, surgical preparation, spay/neuter surgeries, and recovery monitoring. Assisting were college faculty members Dr. Bob Weedon, advisor for the shelter medicine club, and Dr. Amy MacNeill, pathobiology. Dr. Amy Fischer, with the College of ACES and a humane society board member, also participated.
The students thank Champaign County Animal Control for use of their facility and the Champaign County Humane Society for use of a van to pick up cats whose owners did not have transportation.
The club hopes to make the Feline Fixation an annual event.