Spay Neuter For Hunterdon Pets – Round 2!

This past Wednesday, April 26th we held another successful spay neuter clinic at the Animal Science building of Hunterdon County Polytech. The students observed the pre-op exams and surgeries for 21 pets of families in Hunterdon County. They also learned how to shave the animals as part of the surgical prep process and carefully monitored the animals during post-surgery recovery.

Thanks to a three-way collaboration, 5 dogs and 16 cats will no longer be able to produce litters of puppies or kittens to add to the problem of already overcrowded shelters in New Jersey and surrounding states.

The People For Animals team, Dr David Croman, Kevin Moore and Michael Woskey, brought the mobile surgical unit, performed the surgeries and shared their expertise with the students.

Taryn Romanczak hosted this event at the Animal Science classrooms of Hunterdon County Polytech, providing classroom space for pre-op and post-op tasks along with an exciting hands-on learning environment for both her first and second year students. initiated, coordinated, promoted and subsidized this clinic, with volunteer and Board Member, Madeline Sunga, working her magic to ensure an impressive registered client participation rate!

A special note of thanks to the group of second year students who stayed until the very end of the clinic. . . thank you!

The photos below capture the unique learning experience and good work of providing low cost spay-neuter to Hunterdon pet owners. Enjoy and see you again next year!



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  1. Before participating in the spay/neuter clinic, I did not know how important preparation was for a surgical procedure for this. Not only must the clinic be prepped, but the animals must be shaved and have an IV in place for the sedation. Also, their crate or wherever they were kept must be ready for them, with towels or blankets, anything that will bring their body temperature back up.

    To have gotten a better learning experience, I wish I had gotten more time so I could’ve entered the truck and watched a couple procedures, and help preparation. But, there were too many students in too little time, and other jobs had to be done before any watching or helping could be done.

  2. This experience showed me how many animals benefit from these clinics. One thing that would have made it better is if I was able to stay to see more, as I had to leave early and did not get to help with the post op.

  3. On Wednesday my animal science class had the privilege of observing a spay neuter clinic. I learned a lot from this experience. The most valuable thing I learned was the pre-surgical preparation process. I knew the general details, but I was able to learn the specifics about the process like shaving, scrubbing, tubing, and anesthetizing. The only thing that would have made this experience better would’ve been if I got to observe for longer, because unfortunately my class only got to stay for a little while so I only saw one neuter surgery.

  4. I learned that you will need a lot more people to help than expected. Although a cat or dog may be small, you need someone in every section of the process to supervise the animal at all times.

  5. As a student in the class One thing I observed that I did not know how to do was a spay on a dog. The vet perform the spay was educational as he talked through the procedure.another thing I learned that even if the animal has a sedative the animals adrenaline and or fear can overpower it causing it to no longer be effective. A thing that could have made the experience better is if I could of stayed longer so I could be part of recovery and not have to have only see one procedure in the time I had.

  6. I was apart of this class when the mobile clinic came in. It was interesting experience to watch how the cats and down were put to sleep and how long it took for them to finally go to sleep. I got to watch one of out the five dogs during surgery and it was very interesting to watch how it was preformed. I’m not very good when it comes to anything with blood or guts but I’m happy that I was able to experience this. What would have made my experience better was if I was able to stay for the whole time and to watch and care for the animals that were waking up after surgery.

  7. I participated in the spay n neuter clinic. I learned the process of how to put the animals asleep. The experience was easier to learn from because we got to watch them do it.

  8. By participating in the spay and neuter I learned many many things that I wouldn’t have known if i didn’t participate in it .For example I learned how to help prep a dog for surgery by shaving the area where the surgery is going to take place on the dog . I also learned how to monitor animals coming out of surgery and what to look for. One observation that I made when volunteering in the spay and neuter clinic was how well everyone worked together when ever someone need help there was always someone there to help . By doing this it made the process go more smoothly and efficiently.

  9. The mobile clinic was exciting to be a part of.i enjoyed learning about the procedure,and the sedation process.i wish I had more time to watch more because all I was able to observe was a female getting her ovaries extracted.thats about the only thing I wish I could have done would be to stay longer.overall it was a good/educational experience.

  10. I loved the spay and neuter clinic. I learned how to prep a dog for surgery. One thing that would make it better is to have more clients.

  11. As a first year student in the Animal Science polytech program one thing I learned was what they do in a spay for females. Like what they take out and how to finish and stitch up the opening. But one thing I would like to change would be to stay longer and watch more since the first years were only able to do some of the dogs because we had to leave early for school. But hopefully next year when I am year two I will be able to stay till the end.

  12. The mobile vet clinic was very informational. One thing I did not know previously to observing the procedure was the use of two different sedation medicines. I thought the dog would be sedated right on the surgery table but 30 minutes before, each animal is sedated with a light anesthetic. One thing that would have made the learning experience better is restraining more of the animals and being more hands on with them in the beginning. In conclusion the experience was great.

  13. From being at the clinic I learned how important post op recovery is. We had two female dogs whose body temperatures were frighteningly low, near 94°F. Most people would see watching the operation as the most useful experience but in truth unless you become a surgeon, pre and post op is going to be the most beneficial process to participate in.
    I feel like having more involvement with the clinic would’ve made the clinic more helpful. For example most of us are familiar with giving IM injections so if we were able to help give injections to the more tame and friendly animals I think it would’ve given us more valuable information and experience. Never the less the mobile clinic was a great opportunity that I’m thankful for being a participant in.

  14. I experienced how the procedure of spaying and neutering is done. It was completed in a very simple looking task. The vet who was doing the surgery performed it very clean and fast. The trailer was very clean and organized. What could make it more interesting is giving injections to the animals.

  15. I didn’t really know how to prep the animals before surgery and how to care for them after surgery. This was the first time that I actually got to experience surgery and that many times. One thing that would have helped is if the veterinarian would have talked to us more about what he was doing and explain more in depth.

  16. This has been my second year experiencing the spay/neuter mobile clinic and it was very successful both times. Last year I had less time to experience the presurgical and post surgical techniques but I did observe some surgeries. This year I got more of a hands on experience because I got to shave a dog before surgery and after surgery i got to take its temperature and take the tube out of its mouth. Also, we did not have a chance to work with any cats last year and it was a better experience this year because I worked with dogs and cats. The spay/neuter mobile is absolutely great simply because many students, that do not have internships, do not even observe surgeries until college or veterinary school. One thing that would have made the day even better was to watch more surgeries.

  17. I thought the whole experience was interesting. I learned that for spay/neutering an animal is that you have to do a check up or to see if there would be any problems that the animal might have. I wish I could stay longer to do more to help rather than the time i was there.

  18. This has been my second year participating in the spay/neuter mobile clinic. Last year I did not have the experience to actually watch one of the surgeries or take care of an animal that was coming out of surgery. Both years were a success. I did not really know how to prepare the animals before surgery. I understood what to do after surgery though. After surgery I got to sit with a dog and comfort her while she was recovering. There were two female dogs that had very low body temperatures, which were close to 94 degrees Fahrenheit. I had the privilege of working with one of them. I got to experience taking her temperature, respiration rate, heart rate, and I also got to check her mucous membrane. It was a much better experience this year. Although I did not get the chance to work with the cats, I got to work with the dogs. The spay/neuter mobile clinic is a fantastic learning opportunity because a lot of students, that do not have internships, do not get to observe surgeries until veterinary school or college. At the internship were I work at I only get to play with the dogs and cats that are not getting spayed/neutered. With this opportunity you get to watch the veterinarian in action and actually see it for yourself. I wish I could have watched more surgeries because I wanted to learn more about the whole process. One of things that would be more beneficial is more hands on material. For example putting the tube in or giving the animals injections that were needed.

  19. At the mobile spay and neuter clinic, I was able to gain much more experience in pre and post-operative care of the dogs and cats. I was able to gain a new appreciation for the toll that anesthesia takes on the body, being that some of the animals had low body temperatures post-operatively. I also was able to learn how to care for these animals and techniques for bringing their body temperatures back up to normal and what to monitor (MM color, HR, RR) in this situation. This high-volume clinic differed from my past experiences in that it was a much more hectic environment. Multiple animals needed attention at the same time and the only way it was able to run smoothly, was the amount of help that was available. I would have liked to observe dog spays and neuters, but due to the fact that the dogs are done in the morning and I arrived later, I was only able to see cats. I also would have liked to help prep the dogs. All in all, I really enjoyed the spay and neuter clinic and would love to come back and help with it next year!

  20. At the spay and neuter clinic this year, I was able to help more at the clinic with preparations and post-surgical care. I learned ways to increase the temperature of the dogs that were dropping and how important it was. For example, the weimaraner’s temperature was 94 degrees after surgery. After checking the temperature with a different thermometer and getting the same result, we moved the dog to the table, warmed the dog with many blankets, and used hot water bottles next to her body to increase the temp. It was very relieving to see the temperature go back up after these efforts. I learned how important the post and pre surgical care is to the animal.
    In other internships, I witnessed many similarities with the pre and postoperative care. When the dog was off anesthesia at other clinics, the temperature dropped and I had to run to the dryer to get a warm towel. This clinic was similar to that, however we had numerous dogs that needed attention. In our small class, we needed many people observing and taking temperatures. At times it was hectic because all of us needed to monitor the dogs and adjust their environment to increase the temperature. Once it increased, it was rewarding because you saw that your efforts helped the dog.
    Before the clinic, my goal was to observe a neutering because last year I only saw one spaying. Due to the lack of male dogs and cats, I was unable to watch this procedure this year. Other than observing more procedures, I enjoyed the clinic and learned a lot from it.

  21. Observing the spay and neuter clinic was a great experience. I learned a lot about the procedures for spaying and neutering dogs and cats. I also learned how long it takes to perform each surgery, which I hadn’t known before. It was a very educational experience, and I am glad to have taken part in it. Unfortunately I was only able to stay for the morning part of the clinic, and did not get to see as much as I would have liked to. I am excited for next year, where I will hopefully get to experience this clinic again!

  22. Wow, HarnessLife! You really helped in so many ways! As in the past, many pets were spayed or neutered, thus preventing overpopulated shelters or unwanted animals. You keep raising the bar! More animals! And now- an educational aspect has been added. The reflections of your students really show how meaningful this experience has been. Thank you, HarnessLife! Keep being awesome!

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