Hello Friends, Family, and Contributors:
As many of you now know, In June of 2015 I will be travelling to central and southeast South Dakota with HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers for 10 days of field clinics on the Lower Brule and Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservations. My team of 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/ neuter and wellness care to more than 1,000 animals in this remote community where regular veterinary care is not available.
In addition to wellness services, we will care for animals with a wide range of health concerns including puppies suffering from parvovirus and distemper infections and older animals suffering from multiple infirmities. We will help animals with old traumatic injuries and festering wounds, returning them to a happier life with their family. While providing this care, our volunteers and staff will be educating the family on animal care and public health, helping to make the community a better place for the animals and the people of Lower Brule and Pine Ridge.
This trip is an amazing opportunity for me and my fellow students to put into practice all of the things we have been toiling away in the classroom to learn over the past years. This program would be impossible without the contributions of wonderful people such as yourselves-- Thank you for helping us in this fundraising endeavour, and helping us help the thousands of animals that would never have gotten a chance to get this care without you!