My name is Jenn and I am a second year vet student at Cornell. I was lucky enough to be selected as a volunteer for the trip to Turtle Mountain and Cheyenne River in North and South Dakota this year. I have been given the opportunity to change the lives of both humans and animals during this amazing 2 week trip. A team of 30 veterinary students, including myself, and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/ neuter prodcedures and wellness care to more than 1,000 animals in remote communities where regular veterinary care is not available. In addition to wellness services, we will care for animals with a wide range of health concerns including puppies suffering from parvovirus and distemper infections and animals with life-threatening tick-borne illnesses. However, I need help in supporting this non-profit organization, as funding for each trip is heavily based on donation support. Please consider helping the HSVMA continue to provide this generous service across the globe by giving a donation to the cause! All the travel expenses are covered by the individual student, however in order to cover all of the materials, equipment, vaccinations and medications we provide during this trip we need your help!! Thank you for your generosity and support!
"My biggest take-away from RAVS was that these trips are so much more than providing charitable services to impoverished communities. I used to believe that pet owners who lacked the financial means to provide top-level veterinary care were inherently irresponsible and doing a disservice to their animals. However, after witnessing the patience of clients who waited for hours to get appointments, the dedication of owners who meticulously organized records from years of RAVS vaccine clinics, and the gratitude that transcended all cultural barriers from families we served, I have a better understanding of service medicine. I see now that a lack of resources does not imply a lack of commitment to animal care, and I am proud to work with an organization that goes out of its way to provide medical services and client education to the communities that need it most."
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.
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.