Thank you for visiting my site! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jami, a second year veterinary student. If you can, please help me help the reservation pets in Lower Brule and Pine Ridge South Dakota this summer! This June, I will spend two weeks on numerous reservations in Lower Brule and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. While in these remote locations I will be providing free services to thousands of pets belonging to residents who have no access to veterinary care. This work is literally lifesaving, as diseases like distemper and parvovirus claim many of these animals before they reach adulthood.
As a participant in this trip I will be spending 16 hour days performing physical exams, administering vaccines and medications, running anesthesia and spaying and neutering dogs and cats. Many reservation residents travel long distances to reach the clinic which is often the only source of veterinary care they can access. The parking areas are overflowing with vehicles and owners sometimes wait all day to be seen. Most days the last patient goes home after 9pm.
All of the services provided to reservation animals are free of cost. As a student clinician, I am counting on your help to raise a support fee to help cover the cost of the clinic. All of this money goes directly towards the care of animals that are in desperate need of veterinary attention. To allocate resources towards the best care for clinic patients, RAVs volunteers like myself will be roughing it, sleeping on the floor at night in the buildings where we treat animals during the day; usually a gymnasium.
Thanks to the generous support of friends and family I spent one week in Arizona last year on the White Mountain Apache reservation providing vaccines, medical care and spay and neuter surgeries for a population of dogs and cats for whom most of which this was the first veterinary care they had received. I have seen firsthand the impact this kind of clinic has for an impoverished population, and I'm so honored to have been a part of it. This was one of the most meaningful weeks of my life and I can't wait to spend two more weeks with RAVs this June.
All of my pictures are from the RAVs 2014 White Mountain Arizona Clinic.
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.