Veterinary students are helping shelter animals become more adoptable

Students in Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine are part of a unique program that provides wellness and surgical care for shelter and rescue animals. The Surgery, Anesthesia, and Community Outreach program allows 3rd year students to learn basic surgery skills using shelter dogs and cats. The students perform spays and neuters, as well as other basic health screenings, on shelter or rescue animals. It allows the students to get twice as many live animal surgeries as most veterinary schools, while getting the animals all the preventative care they need to be more adoptable.