HARROGATE, Tenn., Nov. 27, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) aims to improve the general health of the surrounding area’s cat population with a new initiative called CatSnip, a feral cat trap, neuter and release program. Volunteers in the program hosted events in April and July of 2018, and they plan to host another CatSnip event in the spring of 2019.
LMU-CVM’s CatSnip helps local communities reduce roaming cat populations, while providing students with valuable experience in anesthesia, physical examinations and surgery. The program was modeled after similar initiatives at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
“We were able to make a small dent, and I plan to continue this event to make an even bigger dent to help prevent overpopulation of cats in the area,” said Dawn Spangler, DVM, assistant professor of shelter medicine at LMU-CVM.
LMU-CVM student volunteers started with 25 cats from Harlan, Kentucky, brought to them by Harlan County Friends of the Shelter at their first event in April. At the July event, they spade and neutered 23 cats, including 14 females and nine males, most from the same large colony. The students managed and organized all aspects of the clinic to ensure a maximum impact by serving many animals in a short period of time.
For more information on how LMU-CVM clinical affiliates including veterinarians and their staff can get involved in CatSnip, contact Dr. Dawn Spangler at dawn.spangler@LMUnet.edu.
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.