This May, I am extremely excited to be joining the HSVMA RAVS for my second summer clinic! Last summer was an amazing opportunity to serve animals and their caretakers in low-income areas of the Standing Rock Nation in North and South Dakota, and this year, I am thrilled to be a part of the team that will be serving areas right in my backyard! We will be traveling to Quinault, WA on 5/10/15 - 5/15/15, and then jetting over to the east side of the state in Colville, WA for 5/16/15 - 5/22/15.
We need YOUR help in serving local communities and their animals, who would otherwise go without veterinary care. For most of these community members, this is the ONLY veterinary care their animals will receive all year long, and they depend on us visiting them to provide life saving vaccines and preventive care. HSVMA uses RAVS as its field division to provide this veterinary care to communities who would otherwise go completely without. In this way, we are able to fight the spread of preventable disease and suffering in the small animal populations all around the United States. .
Think that your dollar doesn't make a difference? See the following list of costs, which demonstrates that every little bit helps!:
$10.00 - Vaccines for one dog or cat
$20.00 - Anesthetics and surgery supplies to provide spay/neuter for one dog or cat
$35.00 - Life-saving parvovirus treatment for one puppy
$75.00 - Pain management for an injured dog or cat (e.g. post-operative pain management to treat an injured leg)
$100.00 - Spay/Neuter, vaccination and wellness care for one dog or cat
$250.00 - Emergency surgery and aftercare for one seriously injured dog or cat
So please, if you can donate $10, $20, $35, $50, or whatever you can spare, your donations are not only tax-duductable, but will be going to a real, tangible cause. Please see the information below about HSVMA's Rural Area Veterinary Services and what it does for Veterinary Students as well as communities around the country.
And PLEASE contact me with any questions, comments, or if you want to hear more stories about my past experience with RAVS!
THE HUMANE SOCIETY VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION INC wrote -
"RAVS is a wonderful place to learn and practice vital veterinary skills in a low pressure environment ... I think it is incredible that a team of mostly strangers from completely different backgrounds can come together and efficiently complete the seemingly daunting - yet incredible - task known as RAVS!" ~Kara Miller, Class of 2017, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
In May of 2015, HSVMA-RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to the
Pacific coast for 4 days of field clinics on the Quinault Reservation, and then head east to the mountains for 5 more days of field clinics on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. 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 Quinault and Colville.