My name is Erin, and I am a second year veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For those of you who know me, you probably know how passionate I am about animal health and wellbeing! That is why I am so excited to be a part of the RAVS Standing Rock trip- because it will enable me to help other people who love animals to provide their pets with care that they otherwise can’t afford or don’t even have access to. This includes things like spays/neuters, wellness care, or the treatment of any other medical conditions- such as an infectious disease or a broken bone. Besides aiding a community that really needs our time and help, this is also a great experience for me to practice my veterinary skills so that I will be a better, wiser vet in the future! Please consider making a donation to this very worthy cause, and helping me on my journey to improving the lives of animals and people in the Standing Rock community. Your contribution will help to support RAVS field clinics and to offset a small portion of the expense of operating this student teaching program.
Read below for more details about my upcoming trip:
In August of 2015, HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to the Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota Sioux Reservation that is part in North Dakota and part in South Dakota for a 7 day field clinic. The team of 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/ neuter and wellness care to hundreds of 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 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 Standing Rock.