The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, in conjunction with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, is teaming up to demonstrate surgical procedures and give presentations during the fair, which runs Aug. 3-19 in Indianapolis.
For the 28th year, these two groups will demonstrate spay and neuter surgeries, to explain the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. The surgeries will be in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building on the fairgrounds. 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 College of Veterinary Medicine who has been instrumental in coordinating the surgery details.
Surgeries are done each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. except for Aug. 8, Aug. 13, and Aug. 15. A dentistry demonstration will be featured on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The IVMA is the professional organization for veterinarians who care for Hoosier pets, farm animals, zoo animals, wildlife, and public health.