I am a first year student at Midwestern University. I am so incredibly excited to be a part of the HSVMA-RAVS program! This two week trip will not only give me a head start in developing my clinical skills, but it will also give me the opportunity to do exactly what makes veterinary medicine so special. I get to go and help communities in need by improving the lives of their four legged furry family members.
And you can be a part of this amazing project too! Your donation helps to ensure that we have everything we need to give these animals the care they deserve. When we go on these trips we treat every animal that comes into the building at no cost to the owner. This means that no animal is turned away for financial reasons!
Thank you so much for looking at my page, and thank you for donating!! Please don't forget to spread the word too! The more donations we get, the more we are able to do for these animals!
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.