College of Veterinary Medicine students traveled to Birmingham recently to volunteer and participate in a spay/neuter program under the direction of veterinarians at the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Group photo of students and veterinarians who volunteered at spay/neuter clinic.
Front Row, from left: Dr. Margaret Ferrell ’09, Carly Hubbard, Julie Collette, Megan Hardy. Back row, from left: JD Longoria, Haley Hancock, Jacquie Cobb, Lindsey Merrill, Sheila Martinez, Dr. June Long ’14.

The program was funded through a grant provided by the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “We were excited to provide a grant to Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic, Inc. [and] that the Auburn veterinary students could participate,” said Heather Schrader, program manager, student outreach for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

The grant allowed the clinic to provide “surgeries at no cost … [and] the staff and doctors volunteered their time. The AUCVM students had an awesome experience,” said Dr. Margaret Ferrell ’09 of the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic.

The Auburn group, all third-year veterinary students, was coordinated by Jacquie Cobb, of Chicago, Illinois, who said, “This out-of-the-classroom experience gave us a look inside a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinic and showed us that affordable, accessible veterinary care can be attainable.

“I loved every moment of this experience and it reminded me why I got into veterinary medicine in the first place.”

“Spending World Spay Day at Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic was a true professional game changer in my book because I will forever utilize the skills and knowledge,” said JD Longoria of Corpus Christi, Texas. “I feel a lot more efficient at spaying and neutering [and] I feel more confident thanks to the confidence that Dr. Ferrell had in us.”

Haley Hancock, of Versailles, Kentucky, said she was surprised to learn the number of spays and neuters the clinic typically handles. “It wasn’t until then that I realized how big a problem pet overpopulation is.”

“It was such an incredible experience to play even a small role in supporting such an important cause.”