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Best practices for spay neuter coladarci1

  1. 1. 3/12/2013 Kelly Coladarci Humane Society International kcoladarci@hsi.org Emma Clifford Animal Balance clifford@animalbalance.org THE GOALS: 1. Human and animal safety 2. Efficient and productive clinic We will cover: Best strategy for planning your spay and neuter campaign: resources, collaborations and support, innovative engagement, supplies, equipment and building your team      The campaign: which type, how to organize it, how to maintain the humananimal bond, how to report back and analyze Conduct a feasibility study in the area identifying what is available and what you need to secure Arrange meetings with stakeholders to find common interests and support Conduct a census 1
  2. 2. 3/12/2013        Government & State Animal Control Agencies Locally International/National Organizations 1-identify what similar efforts are happening, 2-identify interest in subject, 3-build partnerships and collaborate efforts 4–identify other efforts in local health care Veterinarians:    Local veterinarians are KEY to campaign success What is their skill level? Are they supportive of humane cat/dog population reduction? Veterinary Schools & Associations:    Make contact, let them know what you are doing, request meetings Build relationships with the faculty members and students Encourage veterinary students to participate in your campaigns Individuals:        Recruit and utilize community support effectively Are you the right person to represent the group at this meeting? Always wear business meeting attire Have a packet of information about your group and project. Include a business card In the meeting: let them talk, empathize and listen. Explain the project and how it will benefit them/help them with their job/save them money/solve their problem. You are their ally Create a memorandum of understanding, outlining your agreement Follow up: write and thank them for giving you their time, suggest the second meeting date 2
  3. 3. 3/12/2013      Does Rabies exist? Include Rabies vaccination and deworming in all campaigns Direct way to work with government departments Add vaccinations and deworming, engage community and public awareness Work with other groups focused on human health  Children are a direct line to parents  Positive aspects of spaying and neutering, vaccinating and deworming  Include an educational event at your clinic 3
  4. 4. 3/12/2013 Formalize your communication by creating a simple humane education program: importance of spay and neuter, disease control, dog bite prevention, and teaching kindness to all  The Team  Equipment and Supplies  Critical Clinic Paperwork  Which type of field clinic location is right for you? Clinic Team:      1- Clinic Director, 1- Medical Director Ratio of 1 vet TO 2 assistants  technicians/paravets/veterinary students/agents/assistants 2-3 recovery  transport of animals from surgery 1 cleaning instruments 2-3 registration and discharge *Your team changes in size depending on the skill level of each individual and number of veterinarians* Support Team:  handy person, runner to fetch items, cleaning, drivers 4
  5. 5. 3/12/2013    List all items in a spreadsheet with quantity and cost. Track costs per clinic and review to see where you can be more efficient for the next campaign. Keeping a master list of what you require for 100 surgeries is very useful for planning future campaigns. Vets have their preference for suture and medications, but it is recommended they form an agreement so all protocols are the same for each surgery table.           Volunteer application form Clinic Policy and Procedures Station protocols Registration sheets (data collection form) Anesthetic protocols and dosage charts (posted so easily seen) Code of Conduct/ release of liability Chain of Command Aftercare sheets, including phone number to call for any post op issues Daily log Drug log *Samples are in your handout packet What Type of Field Clinic Location is Right For You?  Fixed permanent clinic or In-Clinic clinics  Mobile clinic(s)  M*A*S*H field clinic(s) 5
  6. 6. 3/12/2013 ‘In-Clinic’ Clinics  ‘In-Clinic’ clinics utilize the local animal hospital on a day/time when it is not being used  Mobile clinic without wheels  Most money spent on transporting animals only and not on purchase of equipment or technical staff Mobile Clinics  On-board or off-board mobile units  Mobile units come to a central location in the community  visible and attractive  funds needed to purchase, operate and maintenance  They provide a way to have a volume of cost effective surgeries periodically On-Board Mobile Clinics  Holding area, surgery room and recovery are all on the unit  Require smaller volunteer base, but also limited by the available cage space  Limited to 1-2 vets, depending on size  Expensive to purchase and large in size  Difficult to park and drive in narrow areas 6
  7. 7. 3/12/2013 Off-Board Mobile Clinics  They are the “surgery room” only  Holding cages and recovery areas are in a host building or other assigned area  Number of animals is flexible and can be increased based on vet capacity  More economical than traditional units to purchase and operate M*A*S*H Clinics  Equipment and staff brought on site at a single location periodically  May be a school, community center or extension center  Number of vets can vary depending on capacity Size of Budget will Vary on:  S/N for pets vs roaming, or both  S/N from fixed location vs mobile clinics  Gas Anesthesia vs injectable anesthesia  Government supported vs privately sponsored  Limited numbers project vs high volume 7
  8. 8. 3/12/2013 Common Factors  Surgery table(s)  Surgical instruments  Work stations (intake, anesthesia & prep, recovery)  Instrument sterilization  Asepsis  Staff and volunteers (only numbers will vary) Uncommon Factors  Number of animals  Vehicle(s)  Anesthesia  Marking technique  Staffing  Premises  Post-op recovery  Quantity of surgical packs Which “Field” setup is needed ?  This depends on whether you are dealing with roaming/street dogs or owned dogs.  Are you working inside the city or in villages/outskirts?  Is the spay/neuter government supported or privately financed? 8
  9. 9. 3/12/2013 The Location  Closed room preferred  Enough space for recovery setup and other stations  Ideally, at safe distance from crowded areas  use crowd control or rope areas  If an open area, look for ones with trees for natural shade  Ideal locations     Community center Government veterinary extension centers Private veterinary clinics Schools  Clinic data from registration sheet  Post operative complications  Post Project Formal Report  Humane Education  Community Events    Social Media: video blogs, stories, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Local Media: Press releases, letter to the editor, radio shows, TV, newspaper, megaphone International Media: Press releases, TV, newspaper To increase human-animal bond, celebrate the work and continue to spread the message 9
  10. 10. 3/12/2013  Veterinary and technical training  Create a network of veterinarians and support staff  Build partnerships with stakeholders, nurture relationships  Identify key suppliers for medications and supplies  Maintain relations and communication with government  Report back to community on your work  Thank those who supported you  Continue to be visible   Minimal standards from HSVMA Dr. Susan Monger Sample clinic protocols and clinic documents and forms Kelly Coladarci Humane Society International kcoladarci@hsi.org Emma Clifford Animal Balance clifford@animalbalance.org 10

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