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Dr. Shaunda Collinsworth lay the black lab named Lucy onto the operating table.
Clamping the anethetized dog’s tongue back so she wouldn’t gag, Collinsworth strapped its legs to the operating table so she wouldn’t roll off, shaved her stomach, sprayed anti-biotics across her belly, and then put her scalpel to work.
Lucy was getting “fixed” in the back of a van, but not just any old van.
It’s a van equipped with all of the medical equipment a veterinarian could need.
The Mobile Neutering Van is driven to the Stephens County Humane Society twice a week to spay and neuter dogs and cats brought to the shelter.
There is never a shortage of patients.
Collinsworth said she averages 10 to 13 animals a day since the neutering van was purchased by the Humane Society in February.
It took about 45 minutes to operate on Lucy.
The van contains kennels for the animals so the vet can observe her subjects after surgery, as well as an office in the back, an operating table, x-ray, monitor and various surgical tools.
“The only difference between this and other offices is the space,” Collinsworth said. “We have the same supplies, and there’s at least enough space to do what you need to do.”
The animals are spayed and neutered to account for overpopulization, with reports of 40 million cats being born each year.