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SBI-Tampa Partners with Local Spay/Neuter Clinic

January 17, 2014 SBI-Tampa, General 0 Comments

SBI Tampa Partners with Local Spay/Neuter Clinic to Reduce Overpopulation in Tampa Bay

Sanford Brown Tampa Partners with Local Spay Neuter Clinic Gordon SmokOn Sunday, January 12, 2013 Dr. Gordon Smok, Veterinary Technician Program Chair at Sanford-Brown Institute Tampa campus, volunteered his time and expertise at Animal Coalition of Tampa’s (ACT) monthly “Spay Day.”

Through volunteer efforts, ACT, together with local veterinarians and community members, conducts this monthly event to reduce Tampa Bay’s feral (wild domestic) cat population, reduce disease, and find homes for as many animals as possible. The animals are trapped by volunteers, who bring them to the event where they are spayed or neutered to prevent overpopulation. In addition, the animals are given rabies and other vaccinations to prevent disease and are treated for minor medical conditions. The animals are fed and then released back where they were found or adopted out.

Prior months have seen SBI Tampa’s enrolled Vet Tech students volunteer for this event, even before the start of the Veterinary Technology program. Students received first hand exposure to one aspect of their chosen career field and were given an introduction to Veterinary Technology at its essentials: animal handling, anesthesia, surgery, general medical care, and preventative medicine through vaccinations.

On this particular day, Dr. Smok, together with six other veterinarians, performed approximately 60 surgeries.

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