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For Veterinarians

We rely on an extensive network of private veterinary clinics and hospitals to assist us in our life-saving work.

Veterinarians, technicians and veterinary assistants help care for shelter animals by offering discounts for services, free veterinary checks for newly adopted animals, and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for people in need of assistance.

Many also volunteer at free-roaming cat spay/neuter clinics, and host fundraisers and microchip clinics. Thank you to the vets supporting our work! You are our lifeline!

Our annual veterinary newsletters, sent to veterinarians across B.C., are a valuable resource to help improve the lives of animals in your practice. Find these and other veterinary resources below.

Dog at vet getting checked out

Veterinary update newsletters

Veterinary Update 2017 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • The value of fear free certification for the BC SPCA hospitals
  • Application details for the Dr. Carol Morgan Award
  • An introduction to AnimalKind
  • Information about a vote by the College of Veterinarians of B.C.  to ban cosmetic tail docking

Veterinary Update 2016 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • The success of a widespread spay/neuter project
  • Information on building a relationship with your local rehabber
  • Details on how to get involved with the Vets in Action movement

Veterinary Update 2015 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Details around helping with TNR
  • Information about the laws and duties regarding wildlife and veterinary medicine
  • Details around the BC SPCA’s new provincial pet registry
  • New provincial legislative changes that allow veterinarians to euthanize critically distressed animals without approval from a BC SPCA constable

Veterinary Update 2014 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • The importance of permanent pet ID
  • The need for accessible spay/neuter programs
  • An update on the Chilliwack dairy cattle case
  • Information on a veterinarian’s duty to report

Shelter medicine program

Shelter medicine balances the needs of individual animals with the needs of the general public. We are currently in the process of updating our shelter medicine protocols and will make them available here to the veterinarians with whom we partner. Sometimes shelter medicine protocols differ from private practice recommendations.

General information about shelter medicine and our shelter medicine program

Our shelter medicine protocols and veterinary correspondence

General information about shelter medicine and our shelter medicine program (PDF): Updates for veterinarians who care for BC SPCA shelter animals regarding our pain control, decision-making and humane euthanasia protocols.

Asilomar and Adoptability Guidelines (PDF): Document describing how the BC SPCA determines treatability and adoptability by species and condition.

Hide, Perch & Go™ box

The Hide, Perch & Go™ box acts as both a welfare box and carrier, providing a more comfortable environment for cats away from home. The Hide, Perch & Go™ box can also be used as a bed and rest area in the home, for trips to the veterinarian, and for other transport needs.

Learn more about the Hide, Perch & Go™ box or order boxes for your clinic or hospital today.

Resources and links

Veterinarian’s duty to report an animal in distress

In the course of your veterinary practice, you may on occasion find yourself in a situation where you are dealing with an animal that has been abused, neglected or needs veterinary care due to being in distress and the owner is either unable or unwilling to provide that care. Access our resources on the duty to report animals in distress including dental disease and canine tail docking.

Pediatric spay/neuter

Pet identification

Shelter medicine

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)


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