Long-term Health Complications of Gonad Removal in Small Animals, What’s All the Fuss About?

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Desexing a pet has been a common practice in Australia for many years. It is estimated that over 80% of Australian dogs are desexed in an effort to control the pet population, decrease the risk of mammary and prostate cancer, and decrease unwanted behaviours. Over the past 20 years, the scientific literature has shown that the decision if, and when, to desex a dog is not so straightforward. In this webinar we will explore what the evidence is telling us.


Xavier Schneider

BIT BLM(hons) BVSc(hons) MANZCVS (Animal Reproduction)

Xavier graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland and began his veterinary career working in mixed practice in Northern Australia focusing on Equine and Bovine Reproduction. On returning to Brisbane, he completed a rotating internship in Equine surgery, medicine and reproduction at The University of Queensland Equine Specialist Hospital. Xavier is currently undertaking a residency program in Theriogenology (Animal Reproduction) with the American College of Theriogenologists at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and The University of Queensland’s School of Veterinary Science. Xavier has a clinical interest in canine, equine and bovine reproduction.