WHAT: In an effort to protect animal health and reduce pet overpopulation,the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine plans to provide 65low-cost spay and neuter procedures for large dogs from Yolo and surrounding counties as part of Spay Day 2009.
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Gourley Clinical Teaching Center, located just west of the William R.Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, UC Davis
WHO: Approximately 150 veterinarians, staff and veterinary students will volunteer to spay and neuter the largest dogs signed up for SpayDay. Veterinarians will perform the actual procedures, and veterinary students will serve as "guardians," accompanying the animals during the exam, surgery, recovery and discharge.
VISUALS: Dogs being escorted by students and picked up by their owners following surgeries, which can be viewed and photographed fromthe edge of the surgical suite.
BACKGROUND: The event is part of a greater volunteer effortcoordinated by the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition to spay andneuter animals in the Sacramento region through the national Spay Day project. The regional effort to spay and neuter 1,000 animals during a single event is the largest event of its kind in the nation.
Appointments have already been scheduled for the low-cost procedures, made available for pets from households with annual incomes of lessthan $35,000. Each animal will receive services valued at $300, including the surgery, physical exam, vaccinations and an identifyingmicrochip with lifetime registration.
"We gladly volunteer for this extraordinary community service eventto benefit animals immediately--and help in the long-term fight against pet overpopulation," said Janet Ilkiw, associate dean of academic programs for the School of Veterinary Medicine and coordinator of the school's event.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts a mission of teaching, research and service benefiting animal health, public health and environmental health. More than 500 students are enrolled in the four-year academic and clinical course leading to the Doctorof Veterinary Medicine degree.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Take Interstate 80 to Highway 113 North and drivenorth toward Woodland. Exit at Hutchison Drive and turn right ontoHutchison Drive. At the first traffic light, turn right onto HealthSciences Drive and follow it around to the right. At the stop sign,turn left onto Garrod Drive. The Gourley Clinical Teaching Center isthe one-story building on the corner at the right. Turn right andpark in the small lot next to the building. To park free, place anews media business card on the driver's side of your vehicle'sdashboard.
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