Fund for Animals, Inc. wrote:
In May of 2019, RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux Reservation in east central North Dakota and south to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to serve communities in both North and South Dakota. The team of roughly 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/ neuter and wellness care to more than 1,000 animals in these remotes 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 Spirit Lake and Standing Rock. http://www.spiritlakenation.com/ https://www.standingrock.org/content/visit-us
I am a first-year veterinary student at Washington State University with a passion for emergency medicine. From traveling abroad to a variety of small towns in South Africa and Peru, I have experienced the dire need for veterinary care in rural communities. It was extremely hard for me to see the state these animals were in, so I decided I wanted to do something about it! I was ecstatic to find out about RAVS because I want to provide a sense of relief to the animals and members of these communities After RAVS, I plan to continue to provide veterinary care to isolated and underserved communities both in country and abroad.
Beyond gaining priceless veterinary experience, I look forward to testing my limits as I work long days in the clinic. I have always been a seeker of adventure, spending most of my free time backpacking, rock climbing and skiing, but I am sure that this trip will be unique and more challenging than many of my past experiences. I am eager to work with RAVS because of the intellectual and physical obstacles I will be presented with and the relationships that will be built as our team problem solves.
Thank you for your generosity!