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Want to watch spaying, neutering operations?

Statement issued Thursday:

State fair is showtime for Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Indianapolis – The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), in conjunction with the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, is teaming up to demonstrate surgical procedures and give presentations during the fair, which runs August 6-22 in Indianapolis.

For the 26th year, these two groups will demonstrate spay and neuter surgeries, explain the importance of these surgeries, and focus on teaching about other animals such as birds, horses, swine, poultry, dogs, fish, and cats.

The surgeries and presentations will be in the Our Land Pavilion. The spaying and neutering surgeries are done in a glass-enclosed operating room that allows fairgoers to watch from seats outside. Overhead cameras in the room feed outside monitors that give observers a bird’s-eye view.

Most of the surgeries are done by IVMA member veterinarians. Assisting at each surgery will be a senior veterinary student, an anesthesia technician, and a surgery technician. These volunteers also come from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine who has been instrumental in coordinating the surgery details.

Surgeries are done each day at 11 am and 2 pm except for Aug. 10, Aug. 16, Aug. 21, and Aug. 22.

In addition to the surgeries, various demonstrations throughout the run of the fair will address other animal health issues. This includes demonstrations on swine veterinary medicine, fun facts about cats, an update on rabbits, x-rays in veterinary medicine, and veterinary forensic chemistry to name a few.

The IVMA is the professional organization for veterinarians who care for Hoosier pets, farm animals, zoo animals, wildlife, and public health.