A paper on spay-neuter guidelines, recently co-authored by SNAP Director of Operations James R. Weedon, D.V.M., has been published in the July 1, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The paper is titled The Association of Shelter Veterinarians veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs. The authors of the paper are members of a task force assembled by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. The paper establishes guidelines intended to ensure a "consistent level of care" across a variety of different types of spay-neuter programs. Such programs may include "stationary and mobile clinics, MASH-style operations, shelter services, feral cat programs, and services provided through private practitioners."
The paper defines "acceptable practices that are attainable in spay-neuter programs" through recommendations on preoperative care, anesthetic management, surgical care, and postoperative care.
A PDF version of the article is available for download here. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)