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July 11, 2013

North Dakota Indian Reservations Offered Free Basic Veterinary Care

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s Rural Area Veterinary Services launches summer 2013 field clinic campaign

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services program has begun its 2013 summer campaign of direct-care veterinary field clinics on Indian reservations in North Dakota. From July 8-12 and Aug. 4-10, HSVMA-RAVS is serving the people of the Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Indian Reservations.

The clinics provide basic health care services for dogs and cats including; spay/neuter surgery, vaccination programs, parasite treatment and control programs, various soft tissue surgeries and urgent care issues. In addition to the free veterinary care, the program provides valuable training and experience for hundreds of future veterinary professionals that go far beyond anything they could learn in a classroom alone.

Windi Wojdak, RVT, director of HSVMA-RAVS, said: “Our clinics mean the difference between high-quality veterinary care and no care at all. Everywhere we visit, residents and community leaders express deep appreciation for the care and attention their animals have received.”

Now in its 19th year, HSVMA-RAVS is a non-profit veterinary outreach program combining community service and veterinary education to bring free veterinary services to rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible. HSVMA is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.

In 2012, the program's six staff members and 400 volunteers provided $1.3 million in free veterinary services to 7000 animals in 40 communities where no other animal services exist, on Native American reservations throughout the United States, and remote villages in Latin America and Africa.

The success of the program depends on the generosity of volunteers and donors who support this important work. To find out more about volunteering time or making a tax-deductible donation to the HSVMA-RAVS program, please visit hsvma.org/ravs.

HSVMA-RAVS will also be serving communities in South Dakota, Arizona and Washington, and its international component will be making trips to Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.

For a complete schedule of RAVS clinics, please visit the website here.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org 

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