Spay Neuter Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Alana Canupp, DVM, MS, MPH, as its new Medical Director effective December 6, 2021.  Dr. Canupp, is a nationally recognized award-winning professional that will be a huge asset to the Spay Neuter Network leadership team.

“Dr. Canupp brings a wealth of education and experience to her new position. A critical role for Spay Neuter Network as she will represent the organization within the veterinary profession, lead the medical teams and begin a surgical training school at our Crandall facility, instilling passion in new and old veterinarians to help stop pet overpopulation,” said Jennifer Lavender, DVM, Board President, Spay Neuter Network.

Dr. Canupp brings over 8 years of experience to Spay Neuter Network.  She has performed more than 55,000 spay and neuter procedures and taught many veterinarians high-volume spay-neuter techniques throughout her career. Most recently she served as Chief Veterinarian for City of El Paso Animal Services helping the City reach a 90% save rate, up from 50% within 5 years.  Before going to El Paso, she worked at First Coast No More Homeless Pets, where along with shelter medicine, she was responsible for teaching and evaluating 4th year veterinary students performing externships at the clinic.  In addition to her passions of teaching, surgery, and shelter medicine, comes the need to help build compassionate communities free of homeless pets.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology at the University of West Florida, then her Master’s in Science in Biology at the University of Central Florida, going on to get her Master’s Degree in Public Health and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida where she was a Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Student. Dr. Canupp began her career as a teacher and professor in Jacksonville at Florida State College while at the same time studying for her Doctorate progressing through her internship at USDA/APHIS, Gainesville Florida.  She has also been an active volunteer with many organizations including ViDAS, Operation Catnip, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, HSUS, ASPCA, and Jacksonville Humane.