HI EVERYONE! I would just like to take a moment here to let you know that I have been given the opportunity to be on the Rural Area Veterinary Services Team in June. I believe this will be an amazing experience to both learn valuable skills and help the people of this area by providing veterinary care for their pets free of charge. In order for this program to continue in the future, I'm asking you to make a small contribution if you are able. This will insure there will be supplies for more clinics to help the people and their animals in these regions who may otherwise not have access to veterinary care. Thank you in advance and I look forward to sharing my experience in the coming months!
In June of 2015, HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to central and southeast South Dakota for 10 days of field clinics on the Lower Brule and Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservations. The 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, RAVS’ volunteers 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.