Howe LM, Slater MR. Student assessment of the educational benefits of a prepubertal gonadectomy program (preliminary findings). Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 1997;24(1):12-17


Texas A&M University recently established two prepubertal gonadectomy programmes in association with area humane organizations as an addition to its required elective surgery rotation for 4th-year veterinary medical students. Results of a student questionnaire indicate that the addition of these programs enhances their education experience in several ways including: refinement of surgical skills in certain areas including gentle tissue handling and hand-eye coordination, exposure and practice in perioperative and anaesthetic management of paediatric patients, increased awareness of the functions, goals, and activities of humane organizations and increased understanding of the pet overpopulation problem and the unique role of the veterinarian in combating.