Introduction to Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery Techniques

Student at Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic holding a dog.

Open to shelters, rescue groups and private owners

The Introduction to Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery Techniques (ISAAST) lab allows third-year veterinary candidates to apply their surgery and anesthesia knowledge in a practical setting. Under the careful supervision of veterinarians, students perform pre-operative exams, pre-anesthetic blood analysis and ovariohysterectomy (spay surgery).

The lab runs weekly—August through March—and accepts ten healthy female dogs each week under the following guidelines:

  • the dog must have no known cardiac, respiratory, dermatologic or metabolic diseases,
  • must be between 14 weeks and seven years old
  • weigh between 10–65 pounds
  • be non-aggressive
  • and be comfortable with confinement in a cage overnight

Brachycephalic breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs, are accepted only on a case by case basis.

Currently, there is no cost associated with this lab and it is open to 501(c)(3) organizations and low-income owners. The Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic has a waiting list for privately owned dogs and will contact owners on an as-needed basis.

Please contact the Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic for scheduling information and further questions.