From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2005:


Animal Issues Movement
420 N. Bonnie Brae Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 2005.

The City of Los Angeles in 1974 took over the operation of a low-cost sterilization clinic opened a year earlier by Mercy Crusade, and started the first city-subsidized sterilization program in the U.S.
Working for that clinic, Marvin Mackie, DVM, developed high-volume sterilization. Teaching his methods to others, Mackey eventually founded a string of low-cost, high-volume sterilization clinics, emulated by many others, including Jeff Young of Planned Pethood Plus in Denver, and Mary Herro, now retired, who started the Animal Foundation of Nevada in Las Vegas.
When Mackie started in veterinary practice, under 10% of all pet dogs in the U.S. and under 1% of pet cats had been sterilized. Today more than two-thirds of all pet dogs and upward of 80% of all pet cats are sterilized, mostly by vets using the Mackie methods.
With practice, Mackie method vets routinely sterilize from 30 to 50 dogs and cats per day--and their productivity commands salaries of upward of $100,000 a year.
While U.S. dog and cat sterilization programs long since learned that one good vet who can perform quick, clean spays and castrations day in and day out is worth twice the salary of a vet who works at half the speed or whose surgeries often have complications, the Mackie methods are still not well known and widely practiced abroad, where street dogs and feral cats are still too often poisoned or killed by other cruel methods.
In addition, veterinarians serving humane organizations in rural and less affluent parts of the U.S. often have not yet had the opportunity to learn what Mackie does to make dog and cat sterilization quick and easy.
QuickSpay seeks to remedy that by showing, in just an hour of videotape time, how Mackie performs start-to-finish spays and castrations on a female dog, a male dog, a female cat, and a male cat.
There is no voice-over, no commentary, no extraneously illustrative material, just a single camera and recorder picking up Mackie's description of what he is doing as he does it, in "real time." A veterinarian who watches attentively should be able to emulate every step.
"There is no charge to anyone in animal sheltering, humane work, or veterinarians who want this DVD," producer Phyllis Daugherty of the Animal Issues Movement told ANIMAL PEOPLE. "They need to send a self-addressed, padded envelope suitable for DVD/CD mailing, and include either stamps or the correct metered postage on the envelope. It should also have the requester's address for return. That way, if anything goes wrong in mailing, they will still receive it. If they include an e-mail address, I will let them know that we have received their envelope and when the DVD is on its way. Those who want to contact us by e-mail can write to"
Daughtery is now at work on a companion DVM, Setting Up Spay Sites/Clinics, featuring Mackie and Young. "It will be ready by mid-2006," she promises. "This will be a walk-through of Mackie's clinic, showing how to handle all the details and procedures from the phone call to make an appointment to the pet going home after surgery. We will show how Mackie schedules and coordinates appointments for shelter animals, feral cats and private pets. We will also discuss financial and political pitfalls, location, staffing, etc.
"If we have room," within the time permitted on a single DVM disk, "we will include some footage on doing high-volume surgeries in a mobile setting, i.e. a van, or at a remote location where an existing room or building is turned into a temporary surgical site," Daugherty promises.

"We will handle the distribution in the same manner as QuickSpay, without charge." -M.C.