The Association of Shelter Veterinarians
(ASV) is the professional organization for shelter veterinarians, consisting of over 2,000 members and 23 student chapters from around the globe. The ASV’s Mission is to advance and support the practice of shelter medicine in order to improve community animal health and well-being. In 2010, the ASV created the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
. These Guidelines are the base upon which Maryland shelters
are required to create their own Standards of Care document, but the information is relevant for more than just those that are required to have them in place!
The ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance
in Asheville, NC (formerly known as Humane Alliance
) hosts a number of onsite training and externship opportunities on their campus, in addition to providing virtual training/consulting options, and open access to resources for any organization that provides high quality, high volume spay/neuter.
In the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance Library
, find sample job descriptions, inventory sheets, pre-op guidance and post-op handouts, everything you need to get your spay/neuter clinic on track. You can also download their Tips & Tools for an Efficient Spay/Neuter Clinic
handbook, all for free!
is a stimulus fund administered by The Humane Society of the United States that provides surgery support grants, on-ground assistance, training in high-quality/high-volume spay and neuter procedures and discounted veterinary supplies and services to shelters and clinics affected by COVID-19.
The Humane Society of the United States' HumanePro site offers many free webinars, how-to manuals, and other resources on the topic of spay/neuter
. Their resources are research-based and designed to help you identify the best strategy for your community.