When should I spay/neuter my dog? Discussing the effects of gonadectomy and supporting our clients' choices

Recorded On: 10/04/2020

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Philip Bushby


Phil Bushby, a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois CVM, is a Board-Certified Surgeon who has served on the Mississippi State University CVM (MSU-CVM) faculty for 42 years. His established the MSU-CVM shelter program and is a frequent speaker on spay/neuter topics. He was a member of the organizing committee for the shelter medicine specialty board, received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015. He holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University.

Janet Scarlett


Janet  Scarlett is a Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, and former Director and founder of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University. In the mid 1990’s she helped design and conduct some of the first studies of factors leading to relinquishment of animals to shelters. She collaborated with Dr. Lila Miller to offer the first didactic course in shelter medicine in 1999 at Cornell. Several years later she received funding from the Maddie’s Fund® to begin the Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program which she directed for 8 years before retiring. She continues to teach study design and participate in the Shelter Medicine weekly Journal Club.

James Serpell


James Serpell is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Animal Welfare & Ethics at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania where he teaches veterinary ethics and animal welfare, and conducts research on animal behavior and welfare, human attitudes to animals, and human-animal interactions. He has published more than 200 articles, books, and book chapters on these and related topics, including In the Company of Animals (1996), and The Domestic Dog (2016). He is also the creator of the widely used Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ: www.cbarq.org).

Chris Zink


Chris Zink obtained her DVM and PhD from the Ontario Veterinary College. She was a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for 30 years where she studied the effects of HIV on the brain. During that time, she obtained over $30 million in research grants from the NIH and published over 150 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Zink was instrumental in establishing the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as a specialty in veterinary medicine. She is co-editor of the textbook, Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2018). Dr. Zink currently practices canine sports medicine and rehabilitation in Ellicott City, MD and lectures on the subject worldwide. She also teaches Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. 

Michelle Moyal


Michelle Moyal is a lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University. She completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University in 2007 and went on to do an internship in San Diego California focused on emergency medicine and surgery. For the next 5 years, she continued to work in the specialty private practice emergency care-setting, training small animal veterinary interns. Michelle then returned to her hometown of NYC where she joined the team of a large general practice. She returned to Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine earlier this year where she leads the primary care surgery service and supports the Small Animal Community Practice Service.

Natalie Katz (Moderator)

Megan Skeffington


Professional Services Veterinarian, IDEXX

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