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Animal Rights group and University of California join efforts to help curb companion animal overpopulation

In a joint effort between the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR), a national animal rights organization, an instructional video tape has been co-produced which encourages veterinarians to perform sterilization surgeries on animals as young as 6 to 16 weeks of age, thus helping to curb unwanted births. "Early-age Neutering: A Practical Guide for Veterinarians" provides an opportunity for veterinarians who haven't performed surgery on younger animals to learn about surgical technique, anesthesia, and the benefits of pre-pubertal surgery.

"Many people remain unaware of the staggering number of unwanted cats and dogs, including kittens and puppies, who are put to death each year in our animal shelters in addition to the millions who also die of exposure, starvation, and injury. By adopting an early-age sterilization policy, veterinarians in private practice and animal shelter personnel can take a leadership role in curbing companion animal overpopulation by ensuring that the animals under their care do not accidentally reproduce," said Laurie Siperstein-Cook, DVM, an AVAR consultant in the making of the video.

"Early-age sterilization is safe and effective. These surgeries have been performed in animal shelters for more than twenty years, and current research studies show that many of the concerns about the effects of performing surgery on young animals are unfounded. The university is happy to facilitate the making of this video tape and encourages private practitioners and shelters to adopt an early-age policy," said John R. Pascoe, BVSc, Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs for the School of Veterinary Medicine.

The video tape runs 19 minutes and can be ordered through the AVAR or through the university for $15, plus shipping and handling.

Videos may be ordered from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine at 530-752-1324 or order online. (Enter "Neutering" in the Search Words area.)