Resources

CVMA Policy on Ovariectomy

Ovariectomy or “spaying” in cattle is a surgical procedure performed to avoid unwanted pregnancy of animals in areas where females cannot be segregated from males and where extensive grazing conditions prohibit control of estrus through feed additives. The CVMA considers flank ovariectomy, if performed without anesthesia, to be inhumane. Ovariectomy by colpotomy is the preferred technique. When ovariectomy is deemed necessary the procedure should be performed using anesthesia and analgesics along with aseptic technique. Research leading to new or improved techniques that reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort associated with ovariectomy, or development of viable alternatives to ovariectomy, is encouraged.

(June 2011)

 

© 2020 California Veterinary Medical Association

Member Benefit - Free Legal Services

The Free Legal Services member benefit remains available to CVMA member veterinarians. This benefit entitles CVMA member veterinarians up...

Read More...

CVMA Member Mobile App

With the CVMA mobile app, members can access instant legislative updates, CE offerings, regulatory information, and more! Read More...

Join the CVMA

As a CVMA member, you’ll have access to outstanding benefits and services.

View the benefits of membership »