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I am a student of the MSc Wild Animal Health course at the IOZ, London. I vasectomized an Asian small-clawed otter recently. I'm in the process of writing it up as a case study and wondered if anyone else had any experience of doing this procedure?

The otter in question is 17 years old, and recent breeding has been very successful - almost too successful. The enclosure is now at carrying capacity, so vasectomy was deemed the most appropriate option.

Juliet Smithyman, 13 April 2007

Response from Lesley Wright

Edinburgh Zoo vasectomized their alpha male a couple of years ago, so they should be able to put you in touch with their vet.

Response provided 15 April 2007