Continuing Education: Gonadectomy in Dogs and Cats

Webinars for Veterinarians

Elective spaying and neutering is a vital component of pet population control, and reduces undesirable mating behaviors that may contribute to pets being abandoned and relinquished to animal shelters. But recent research has shown that gonadectomy is not as innocuous as once believed; while it reduces the risk of some cancers and medical conditions, it increases the risk of others.

Companion animal practitioners need to understand both the risks and benefits of gonadectomy in order to educate clients and provide optimal patient care.  And the veterinary profession needs to have honest and transparent conversations around gonadectomy as veterinary thinking on elective spaying and neutering evolves.

Here we present three webinars to help veterinarians learn more about the evolving body of science around gonadectomy while earning continuing education (CE) credit. Each webinar is available for you to watch at your convenience, and each offers the opportunity to earn 1.0 credit of AVMA CE by completing a short online assessment at the conclusion. Additionally, a literature review on the welfare implications of gonadectomy of dogs was published in May 2017 in JAVMA.

Canine Gonadectomy: A Roundtable Discussion

Recognizing the need for open conversations about gonadectomy within the veterinary profession, the AVMA joined with AAHA and the Coral Spring Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Fla., to convene this roundtable discussion of the benefits and risks of gonadectomy in dogs. The 2015 event brought together a primary care practitioner and board-certified veterinarians in behavior, internal medicine, surgery and oncology.
Approximate Length: 1 hour
CE Available: 1.0 credit


Spay/Neuter of Dogs and Cats: The Theriogenology Perspective

A growing body of literature documents  the pros and cons of ovariohysterectomy and castration, as regards to secondary obesity, various forms of neoplasia and orthopedic disease, urinary incontinence, and lifespan in dogs and cats. Theriogenologist Dr. Margaret V. Root Kustritz shares an overview of current literature with suggestions for factors to bear in mind when assessing this information and answering clients’ questions about if or when to spay and neuter their pets.
Approximate Length: 40 minutes
CE Available: 1.0 credit


Spay/Neuter of Dogs and Cats: The Shelter Perspective

The appropriate recommendation for whether and when to spay or neuter a shelter cat or dog may differ from the recommendation for an individually owned pet, as population control concerns hold even more weight in the decision-making process. Dr. Phil Bushby, professor emeritus at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, explores the factors that influence spay/neuter decisions, as well as the impact that spay and neuter programs, including high-volume, pediatric, and trap/neuter/return, have on pet overpopulation, shelter intake and euthanasia.
Approximate Length: 1 hour
CE Available: 1.0 credit