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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 veterinary newsletters below are sent to veterinarians across B.C. and are a valuable resource to help improve the lives of animals in your practice. Other BC SPCA veterinary resources are also available in addition to our research in veterinary science publications.

Veterinarian is examining a cute siberian husky at hospital

Veterinary update newsletters

Veterinary update Summer 2021 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Canine infectious respiratory disease activity
  • The Violence Link connection
  • Update on 119 dogs case

Veterinary Update Spring 2021 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • BC SPCA response to veterinary shortage
  • Update on Fechavirus and Astrovirus
  • 2020 Asimolar Accords report

Veterinary Update Summer 2020 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Changes to BC SPCA sheltering since COVID-19
  • Meet the General Manager, Veterinary Hospital Services
  • BC SPCA work leads to discovery of new virus

Veterinary Update Fall 2019 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Vet students inspired by shelter medicine at BC SPCA
  • Fear Free makes its way into shelters
  • Funding available to address community cats

Veterinary Update Summer 2019 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Responsible animal trainer referrals for veterinarians
  • Dogs in the back of pick-up trucks
  • Introducing our new feline foster manual

Veterinary Update Spring 2019 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • New pediatric spay/neuter resources available
  • TNR funding available for veterinarians
  • A new strategic plan for the BC SPCA

Veterinary Update Fall 2018 (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • A case for socialization
  • Veterinarians volunteer time and talent for wildfire evacuees
  • The BC Pet Registry gets a new look

Veterinary Update Summer 2018  (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Introduction to our Handbook for Veterinarians Assisting with BC SPCA Cruelty Cases
  • A veterinarian’s duty to report
  • Information on the 2018 Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations

Veterinary Update Spring 2018  (PDF)

Highlights include:

  • Case Report: Under-socialized cats from an animal hoarding case
  • Meet the BC SPCA Senior Manager, Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Information on Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in BC

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.

BC SPCA Shelter Medicine Quick Reference Common Infectious Diseases (PDF): This Quick Reference Guide is intended to supplement existing protocols and SOPs and is limited to common bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral diseases that can affect individuals and populations entering shelters or in shelters. Password required.

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

Handbook for veterinarians assisting with BC SPCA cruelty cases

Veterinarians are often on the front lines in cases of animal cruelty and neglect. After receiving many requests for more resources, we have developed a comprehensive handbook  for veterinarians working on animal cruelty cases (PDF).

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.

Animal care manuals

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

Pediatric spay/neuter

BC SPCA Pediatric Spay/Neuter Resource Library

External Pediatric Spay/Neuter Resources

Pet identification

Shelter medicine

Animal behaviour

Additional links