Shelter Medicine Services

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Shelter Medicine

Vision and Mission

Faculty & Staff



Animals in Focus



Our Shelter Medicine program is dedicated in serving Mississippi animals shelters by offering on-site comprehensive shelter consultations on topics such as:

  • Staff education on shelter and animal management
  • Record keeping, animal handling and restraint
  • Shelter design, animal flow, and population management
  • Medical and behavioral health and well-being, group housing, and transport
  • Infectious disease prevention and management
  • Biosecurity, disinfection, and implementation      
  • Outbreak investigations and discussions, arranged separately from consults (Canine Parvovirus and Kennel Cough, Feline Upper Respiratory Infection, Ringworm, etc.)
  • Protocol writing, development, and implementation
  • Forensic necropsy services and assistance with criminal neglect and abuse cases
  • Spay/neuter services

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  • ASV Spay and Neuter Guidelines

Exciting Externship Opportunity in Shelter Medicine Spay Neuter Program

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine accepts senior veterinary students from other colleges to participate in a 2-week elective clinical program. Working out of a Mobile Veterinary Clinic and under the guidance of experienced high-volume spay/neuter surgeons, students will perform surgeries at 6 to 8 animal shelters in North Mississippi.

"Through the program, I learned everything I needed to know to about spay/neuter surgeries. I am now working to help eliminate homeless animals’ suffering, euthanasia and overpopulation and I wouldn't be able to do this without the experience I gained during the elective." -Dr. Stacy Lambrinos, Class of 2008

"The Shelter Medicine program gives all of the students involved incredible surgical experience. Students from many other vet schools graduate with about 2-3 surgeries under their belt; during my two weeks in the elective, I performed more than 100 surgeries." -Chris Magee, Class of 2013

Gain valuable experience:

  • Work in a high-volume spay/neuter environment
  • Perform an average of 60-70 sterilization surgeries (dependent upon student proficiency and efficiency)
  • Learn more about shelter medicine
  • Be a part of making animals in shelters more adoptable

The Shelter Medicine Program adheres to the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs.


For more information about the elective or to determine available dates, contact:

Dr. Jake Shivley                                           Dr. Kimberly Woodruff

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