THE HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INC wrote
This year will be my third time returning for a RAVS trip. I am always drawn back to RAVS because of the noticeable impact that this program makes on the communities that are served. The community members are grateful for our time and commitment....The hands on experience, especially in performing physical exams and becoming comfortable in anesthesia, has helped me in preparing to be a better clinician when I graduate." ~Ashley Day, Class of 2017, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
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.