AVMA to Weigh Spay/Neuter Policy Change

The House of Delegates may opt to refer to the Association of Shelter Veterinarians for spay/neuter guidelines.

December 5, 2014

The American Veterinary Medical Association board of directors is recommending that practitioners who participate in spay/neuter clinics follow the standards of care outlined by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

The idea is among six new resolutions that the AVMA House of Delegates may vote on in January during the governing body’s regular winter session in Chicago.

The spay/neuter proposal, Resolution 3, would clarify the current policy, which advises veterinarians working at spay/neuter[1] clinics to abide by the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics.

The possible move to Association of Shelter Veterinarians medical care guidelines would keep veterinarians up to date with current standards of practice, the board of directors noted.

“Because of a wide range of geographic and demographic needs, a variety of programs have been developed to increase delivery of spay[2]/neuter services to targeted populations of animals,” the revised policy reads in part. “These include stationary and mobile clinics, MASH-style operations, shelter services, feral cat programs and services provided through private practitioners.

“These services should conform to current standards of practice as described by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ veterinary medical care guidelines for spay/neuter programs.”

Among other proposals scheduled for consideration in January are:

“Veterinarians involved in the care of laboratory animals are concerned about the continued ability to humanely transport animals between facilities,” the group stated.

The resolution does not mention animal rights groups, many of whom oppose research on laboratory animals. The proposal calls on AVMA “to take a proactive stance in supporting such an important endeavor.”

The AVMA board of directors recommended that the House of Delegates approve the measure.

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The default selection, the Arizona group stated, “would remain the state association in which the member resides.”

The need for weighted voting, according to the Arizona veterinarians, is based on “a possible conflict where a member of the AVMA who was not a member of the state association lacked a voice in the House of Delegates.”

The AVMA board of directors, without comment, recommended that the resolution be rejected.

The board of directors supports resolutions 4, 5 and 6.

Endnotes:
  1. spay/neuter: /September-2013/The-Dog-Spay-Disconnect-Its-Time-To-Rethink-This-Formidably-Simple-Procedure/
  2. spay: /How-the-Laparoscopic-Assisted-Spay-Evolved/
  3. antimicrobial: /Antibiotic-Use-in-Animals-on-Decline-in-Europe/

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