Austin to host nation’s premier spay/neuter event

PetSmart Charities’® Spay/Neuter Conference, Aug. 14-17

AUSTIN—Emancipet, a nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible to every pet owner, is chairing the committees for pediatric spay/neuter wet labs and conference content for the PetSmart Charities’ North American Spay/Neuter Conference, August 14-17 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd.

More than 370 veterinarians and animal welfare organization representatives are expected to attend the conference, considered the premier spay and neuter event in the nation. Presenters will discuss the latest spay/neuter protocols and demonstrate best practices to prevent unplanned litters and increase the sustainability and impact of non-profit spay/neuter clinics.

Several of Emancipet’s leadership staff and veterinarians will speak on panels and teach classes during the conference.

“The absolute best spay and neuter surgeons from around the country, those who are literally setting the standards at a national level, will be here in Austin for the PetSmart Charities’ Spay/Neuter Conference,” says Amy Mills, CEO of Emancipet. “Emancipet is thrilled to be a part of the planning of this conference, and to contribute to this important national discussion with other like-minded organizations.”

Emancipet will host the pediatric spay/neuter wet lab at its East Austin clinic on Sunday, Aug. 17, 7201 Levander Loop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pediatric wet lab will focus on high volume techniques used on the youngest cats and dogs, including the ovarian pedicle tie, the Miller’s knot, incision placement, tissue handling, and tattoo technique.

The pediatric lab at Emancipet will accommodate up to 56 veterinarian attendees, and each participant will have the opportunity to perform at least three pediatric surgeries on animals from the Austin Animal Center and other rescue organizations with hands-on supervision and support from some of the best spay/neuter surgeons in the country.

Emancipet performed about 5,000 surgeries during its first year (1999), and today it provides more than 22,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually. The organization celebrated its 200,000th surgery last month.

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