New surgery suite debuts at Coachella Valley shelter

Registered Vet Tech Robert Torres, Dr. Itzel Vizcarra. Registered Vet Tech Erica Morrow and Registered Vet Tech Rashelle Drake at the new surgery suite. Valley News/Courtesy photo
THOUSAND PALMS - A new surgery suite debuted Wednesday, May 29 at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.Staff veterinarian Dr. Itzel Vizcarra handled the first patients today in the suite, a two-table operation room that will assist the county in increasing its spay and neuter needs for shelter pets. Dr. Vizcarra was assisted by two of her registered veterinary technician colleagues.Patient No. 1 was a 2-year-old gray tabby named Caroline and Patient No. 2 was a 9-month-old Siamese named Lana. Both cats are available for adoption.The Coachella Valley Animal Campus opened in 2006 without a surgical suite because of a long-standing partnership with nonprofit organization Animal Samaritans, the region’s leader in spay and neuter surgeries.After the county shel
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