I am so excited and fortunate to be attending a RAVS (Rural Area Veterinary Services) trip this summer.
I began veterinary school so that I could help animals, but I didn't know I would have the opportunity to start helping so soon - after just my first year! The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-RAVS does something incredible every year. They travel to underprivileged areas with truckloads of supplies and equipment, a handful of volunteers (=me!), and a healthy dose of ambition and courage. In a matter of hours we will set up a clinic that can vaccinate, perform exams, spay, neuter, and otherwise treat the pets of community members. This is a vital service for these communities, and they may not have access to veterinary care until next year's visit.
The RAVS team strives to deliver high quality of care at no expense to the communities in need. I am raising funds to help offset the cost of care, including supplies, medications, vaccinations, surgery equipment, and more.
Please donate and help me reach my goal!
Additional information on the cause can be found here:
THE HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INC wrote -
In July of 2015, HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to northern North Dakota for 5 days of field clinics on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation and then head south for 5 more days of field clinics on the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Reservation. The team of 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/ neuter and wellness care to more than 1,000 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 Turtle Mountain and Cheyenne River.