Hi! Thanks so much for visiting my fundraising page.
I'm a fourth and final year veterinary student at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. I'm pursuing small animal medicine, with a particular interest in avian and exotic medicine. However, I have spent my seven years in Guelph as part of the Foal Watch team, caring for sick neonatal foals. So as you can see, my interests are varied and I find all aspects of veterinary medicine interesting as well as rewarding.
I've wanted to join the RAVS team since my first year at OVC, but haven't been able to until now. RAVS caught my attention due to the positive feedback from students who have attended previous trips and have said that it is an extremely rewarding experience - both in regards to learning and the knowledge that we are doing something positive for the community we are visiting.
I am extremely excited to be a part of this team and this experience, and donations big and small are so appreciated. Thank you for supporting me in this endeavor!
In August of 2015, I will be joining HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers to 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.
If you are interested in learning more about where we will be going before deciding to donate, you can check out this website: http://www.standingrock.org