My trip to Colville with RAVS:
As a second-gen Chinese-American immigrant whose family was still suffering through poverty a mere generation ago, pursuing a health profession such as veterinary medicine without devoting time to developing, maintaining, and participating in community-directed-and-driven outreach initiatives would feel like a refutation of my identity. This trip with Rural Area Veterinary Services to Colville, WA, is therefore an incomparably exciting experience for me, as I will get to begin the process of engaging in meaningful, intentional service while I am still a student! I hope not only to practice my clinical skills, but also to learn what makes RAVS sustainable and effective for its partner communities.
As I understand it now, the work will be physically demanding, emotionally challenging, and require a lot of resilience in all its forms. Nevertheless, I am galvanized by the knowledge that it will be purposeful and thereby fulfilling. If you are able, contributing to my fundraiser for this trip would go a long way towards ensuring that we can provide the maximum amount of support and resources to the Colville community. I would be very much obliged.
Read the official description of this trip from RAVS:
In March of 2019, RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to head Washington State for 5 days of field clinics on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The team 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 the Colville Reservation. http://www.colvilletribes.com
*All photographs taken from RAVS and Colville Tribes website.*