LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Animal Behavior College (ABC) and its students will be celebrating Spay Day, an annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, by volunteering in local clinics and getting the word out to pet parents nationwide. In honor of today's Spay Day some recent graduates of ABC's Veterinary Assistant program will be donating their time during the month of February to support this vital message.
Recent ABC graduate Lynnda Ferguson, ABCVT, is one of those participating in Spay Day and has generously offered to spend the day at Berg Memorial Hospital in New York City for the cause. She says, "In my experience as a Certified Veterinary Assistant I have seen firsthand the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. Over four million pets are euthanized every year; if every pet owner nationwide would get their pet spayed or neutered, we could put an end to this tragic statistic."
ABC President Steve Appelbaum is a firm believer in the crucial need to spay and neuter pets: "ABC teaches our students about the significance of spaying and neutering in our curriculum. This message covers a very large landscape of pet parents since ABC graduates 1,000 new Veterinary Assistants each year who go on to work at animal hospitals nationwide. ABC Certified Dog Trainers also carry this important message. There is a direct correlation between spaying/neutering and behavior challenges in dogs. Problems such as aggression, jumping and excessive barking are lessened in dogs who have been spayed/neutered. An average dog trainer works with 250 students per year; ABC graduates around 2,000 certified dog trainers per year. This translates into half a million pet parents getting this vital message annually."
"ABC is one of hundreds of life-saving organizations around the world participating in Spay Day 2011 and educating pet owners year-round about the importance of spay/neuter," says the HSUS Project Manager Vicki Stevens.
ABC dog training students also carry the message into animal shelters across the country. As part of their certification program students are required to volunteer at least 10 hours in a shelter as part of a program called Students Saving Lives; this means that ABC students spend at least 20,000 hours a year sharing the spay/neuter message.
ABC is a highly innovative vocational school that specializes in animal-related career training. ABC currently offers three programs - a Certified Dog Obedience Instructor training program, a Certified Veterinary Assistant program and a Certified Grooming Instruction program. Animal Behavior College also offers continuing education programs, including one devoted to the training of shelter dogs. ABC has training locations in all 50 states as well as in Canada and is the premier school for animal lovers who wish to pursue animal-related careers.
SOURCE Animal Behavior College