As a first year veterinary student at Midwestern University's College of Veterinary Medicine and with The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, this summer I will be attending a two week trip to Lower Brule and Pine Ridge, South Dakota as a part of the Rural Area Veterinary Service. This trip will provide cost free veterinary care and education to remote rural communities that otherwise have none. In addition, as a student volunteer I will receive training in all aspects of veterinary medicine and have the opportunity to learn surgical procedures and treatment tactics for the first time!
As this is a very exciting opportunity for the community and myself, there is away that everyone else can become involved as well. In order to ensure that no one is turned away due to finances, the HSVMA-RAVS clinics are funded by donations. Your donations will help supply the clinics with everything needed to care for these animals that have little to no care otherwise. Thank you for all your time and consideration of this exciting opportunity for both my future and the animals in South Dakota! I appreciate it! ____________________________________________________________________
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.