Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New $3.3 million international spay/neuter training center to open in Asheville

PetSmart Charities® Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Training Center funded by PetSmart Charities® and the ASPCA will quadruple training opportunities for veterinarians,
veterinary students  and spay/neuter professionals

Many people in Asheville know Humane Alliance operates a regional spay/neuter clinic and works with animal shelters from 20 counties in Western North Carolina to transport dogs and cats for surgery in addition to spaying/neutering 23,000 pets annually. This equates to 120 pets per day, thanks to the highly skilled surgical techniques they have developed.

What not everyone knows is Humane Alliance also operates the only international training campus in the world for high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter surgical protocols and techniques. Veterinarians and veterinary students have traveled to this training center from all over the U.S. and seven countries, including Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Switzerland to learn these surgical techniques and process.

Improved and quicker techniques mean dogs and cats spend less time under anesthesia. It also means they can spay/neuter more dogs and cats daily, in order to combat shelter pet overpopulation problems. 137 spay/neuter clinics from across the U.S. and Canada have trained, resulting in nearly 3,900,000 dogs and cats fixed at the end of 2013.

344 veterinary students and 450 private veterinarians have completed the training.

Humane Alliance is quadrupling their private veterinary and veterinary extern training programs to be able to train 855 professionals annually with a new 12,400 sq. ft. training center which has 6 surgical training suites, classrooms for learning and kennel space for 150 patients, thanks to funding from PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). Also on campus is a 2,200 sq. ft. dormitory which can house up to 20 students at a time.

Humane Alliance’s national spay/neuter training programs are in high-demand across the U.S. and around the world. The PetSmart Charities Humane Alliance Training Center has a waiting list booked out until mid 2016 of private veterinarians, veterinary students, and animal welfare professionals opening spay/neuter clinics who are eager to participate in this highly sought-after program.

Grand Opening at Humane Alliance
23 Heritage Drive, Asheville
July 28, 2014

There will be brief remarks at 10:30am by PetSmart Charities, the ASPCA, Humane Alliance, the Mayor of Asheville, Buncombe County Commissioners and Home Trust Bank followed by a ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility along with a band and appetizers. Attendees are expected from local animal welfare agencies with adoptable animals as well as trainees from across the country who have trained at Humane Alliance.

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