First things first, thank you for clicking on the link!
As most of you already know, I am a second year veterinary medical student at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. While sleeping on solid gym floors for less time than studies have proven you need (as if the school year isn't sleep-deprived enough) and not being promised showers would make even a semi-sane person run away screaming, I am ecstatic to fulfill those requirements!
Being one of the lucky veterinary students selected to attend a Rural Area Veterinary Service (RAVS) trip this year, in August I will be heading 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. During this time, a team of 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will provide FREE basic health care services for dogs and cats including spay/neuter surgery, vaccination programs, parasite treatment and control programs, various soft tissue surgeries and urgent care issues. While I am very much looking forward to the clinical training aspect of this trip, I am most excited to impact the lives and health of not only these animals but also their people as a result.
Please deeply consider donating to this wonderful organization on my behalf. All donations will be used to directly fund the animals’ care. Also, please do not feel like you need to donate a million dollars to make a difference! Just $10 is necessary to pay for all the vaccinations for one dog or cat; $20 for anesthetics and surgery supplies for a spay/neuter; so on and so forth. After all, if you are willing to donate a million dollars, feel free to just write that personal check out to me ;) I promise I will just use it to pay for my schooling and donate the rest! Haha, just kidding. But seriously, EVERY BIT COUNTS.
For more information on the organization itself and/or details about the reservation I will be volunteering at, please visit the following links:
Thanks again for your time and consideration!
"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