Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA135) OVE, OVH, OMG! A Pragmatic Review of Neutering Options

Wednesday, March 7
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
MBCC, Breakers H, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

Breeders and pet owners are increasingly inquiring about alternatives to traditional ovariohysterectomy and castration for their dogs. This talk will review the evidence concerning the pros and cons of ovariohysterectomy, ovariectomy, vasectomy, tubal ligation, and other sterilization methods clinicians may be asked to provide.

Brennen McKenzie

Adobe Animal Hospital

Dr. McKenzie has always pursued a wide range of interests both within and outside of veterinary medicine. After completing a bachelor’s degree with majors in English Literature and Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he followed the dream of becoming a primatologist. He obtained a Master’s in Physiology and Animal Behavior and worked for several years in environmental and behavioral enrichment for captive primates. Switching gears, Dr. McKenzie then attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and began working as a small animal general practice veterinarian. In the course of working to improve his knowledge and better educate his clients, he discovered evidence-based veterinary medicine, and he has served as President of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association. This has led to numerous opportunities for speaking to veterinarians and the general public about evidence-based veterinary medicine and to a number of publications on related subjects. Dr. McKenzie has also reached out to the public through his blog, the SkeptVet Blog, and his contributions to the Science-Based Medicine Blog and media interviews on veterinary medical topics. While working as a practitioner, speaking, and writing, Dr. McKenzie has continued to pursue post-graduate training and completed his MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015. In his sparse free time, Dr. McKenzie enjoys reading, hiking, playing his mandolin, travelling with his family, and sitting on the couch with his dogs watching the hummingbirds and woodpeckers outside his living room window.


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