Nicole Putney is a die-hard animal lover, so that would explain her decision to attend veterinary school. Putney also received a scholarship from an animal rescue
organization for her work to abolish a practice that she saw as being inhumane, KNDO
In most veterinary schools, students are taught how to anesthetize and perform surgery on dogs who come from shelters. The pups are then euthanized after the lesson.
"I felt that our training using animals in a harmful way and terminal use was contradictory to everything I believed in and the oath that I took at the beginning of vet school," she told the news source.
Along with fellow classmates, Putney pushed the faculty to discontinue this practice and instead institute a more humane alternative. The program has now been replaced with a spay and neuter program, which means shelter dogs are still used for teaching, but allowed to live and later spayed and neutered in order to increase their chances of adoption.
The Humane Society notes that the best way to prevent pet overpopulation is to have an animal spayed or neutered.