Greetings! I am a first year vet student at UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. This will be my second trip with HSVMA-RAVS. My experience on my first trip was so life changing that, not only did I sign up for a second trip, I also signed on to be the new HSVMA UC Davis Student Chapter president. I am excited to work with this team of veterinary professionals in May, and I feel honored to be able to serve the community of San Carlos Apache Reservation.
These trips, designed to offer veterinary services and education to communites that do not have access to these services otherwise, are made possible by groups of passionate and caring individuals. The services we offer can only continue with support. Words of encouragement and donations are welcomed and appreciated. All donations go directly to HSVMA. We cover our own costs (i.e. travels costs).
In May of 2015, HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to eastern Arizona for 5 days of field clinics on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The team of 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/neuter and wellness care to more than 500 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.