THE HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INC wrote -
"After volunteering for RAVS I came out feeling like a whole new me. . . Not only did I obtain an immense amount of veterinary skills, but RAVS also provided a self and cultural learning experience for me. Working among many other veterinary students of all different backgrounds really encourages one to step out of their comfort zone and allows one to grow individually and inter-personally. . .I learned a lot about myself in working with others and independently, which allowed me to realize what I am capable of handling." ~Daisy Ochoa, Class of 2017, University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine
In March of 2015, HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to eastern Arizona for 10 days of field clinics on the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache 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 these remote communities 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 animals with life-threatening tick-borne illnesses. We will continue our work aiding local tribal health efforts to eradicate Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - improving the health and welfare of both animals and people in need.