This upcoming August, I will be in Standing Rock, North Dakota to do my first spay and neuter clinic. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful team of volunteer veterinary students and professionals to provide care to the local community. Improving animal welfare is very important to me and I see RAVS as an opportunity for me to contribute to this cause. I'll gain so much hands-on experience that is applicable towards my future veterinary career. I'll diagnose illnesses, advise clients in consultations and for the first time I'll perform surgery. I am so happy that RAVS has given me this opportunity to further myself and my veterinary education. It will be a tough ride but well worth it in the end.
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.