This August, I will be going to North Dakota to volunteer on an Indian reservation. Those living on the reservation love their animals as much as we do but normally cannot afford the medical care that we can. RAVS (rural animal veterinary services) has gathered a group of medical professionals to provide the services that the resevation lacks. We will be performing sterilization surgeries, answer all questions, provide physical examinations and assist with disease control and treatment. Our own provisions will be minimal at best. Our sleeping quarters are on the ground and if we're lucky, on an air mattress. Showers are a privilage, not a right and sleep is going to be a luxury that I will probably only taste. With that being said, the memories that I will earn from this journey are going to be worth so much more than a week of sleep deprivation.
This will be a life-changing opportunity and I hope to give the community as much as they will give me, in terms of inspiration and support. I have always been taught that being a good person means giving back to your community. I try every week to give back by either fostering or volunteering at my local shelter. On my weekends, my way of relaxing is performing medical exams and running diagnostics. Going to North Dakota is going to be a wonderful opportunity to give even more back and to hopefully change some lives. Thank you for reading and thank you for donating!
My very best,
THE HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INC wrote -
"The RAVS experience was life altering for me. It was a week where I was supported, yet pushed past my comfort zone in order to better myself as person and as a future veterinarian. I never felt embarrassed to ask questions and was surrounded by people who also wanted to learn and give back! I still talk about the doctors who stayed up after our long days in order to help me hone my surgery skills. I know they were just as exhausted as me, yet they had no problem helping me learn and improve! I knew as soon as I left at the end of that week that I had to come back..." ~Amber Sherry, Class of 2017, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
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.