Presented by Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

8 pm ET/5 pm PT, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 
Registration is FREE for HSVMA members.


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Recent veterinary literature related to spay neuter has caused veterinarians to question the traditional approaches to sterilization of dogs and cats. Some in the profession advocate delaying spay/neuter later than the traditional age of 6 months, others advocate early age or pediatric spay neuter. Who is correct? Is there a single recommendation that can be made for all dogs and cats related to the age of ovariohysterectomy or castration?

We will discuss several of the articles that have contributed to the confusion. The goal is to analyze confusing and often conflicting reports in the veterinary literature to help veterinarians understand the pros and cons of spay/neuter and the most appropriate age to perform these surgeries in male and female dogs and cats.

The presentation will allow practitioners the following objectives:

a. A greater understanding of the pros and cons of spay/neuter.
b. Knowledge of the impact of age of spay/neuter on longevity and incidence of various diseases.
c. An appreciation of the biases that may appear in the veterinary literature.
d. Specific recommendations for most appropriate age of spay/neuter in dogs and cats.

All HSVMA webinars are FREE for HSVMA members. 

If you are not a veterinary professional (veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary or veterinary technician student), we welcome your participation in the webinar for a one-time fee. Please call 530-759-8106 or email [email protected] to complete the registration..




Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

He is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who served on the faculty at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years.  Although he retired from Miss State in 2014 he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University and works at the College part-time.  His primary focus has been taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in north Mississippi providing basic wellness care and spay/neuter services for animals eligible for adoption for over 20 years.  The service significantly increases the adoption rates at the participating shelters, provides the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitizes the students to the plight of animals in shelters.  His program was honored in 2012 to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s folk-life festival in Washington DC.

Dr. Bushby’s interest in shelter medicine and spay/neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City.  He states that his primary goal is to make sure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in assisting in addressing the problem.

Dr. Bushby serves on the Board of Mississippi Spay/Neuter and previously served on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc. and the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.  He was a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA’s national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015.

A strong advocate of spay/neuter including pediatric spay/neuter, Dr. Bushby speaks extensively nationally and internationally on the importance of spay/neuter, efficient spay/neuter techniques and pediatric spay/neuter.