Reaching UP reaches out for volunteers

Reaching-Up_300x300UPDATE: The application deadline for interested volunteers was extended from March 17 to March 22. This blog post was updated to note that change.

The Reaching UP program, which engages veterinarians to improve access to veterinary care among traditionally underserved Native American populations, is looking for a few veterinarians to volunteer their time for two or four days at upcoming clinics in New Mexico.

Reaching UP provides high-quality, high-volume (HQHV) spay/neuter and targeted preventive care services in underserved areas. A partnership of the AVMA, the Native America Humane Society, and tribal communities, it aims to increase awareness of the value of consistent, quality veterinary care, including its impact on public health and the human animal bond. If you’d like to learn more about the program’s effects on its participants, read our blog posts about Dr. Tolani Francisco’s and Dr. Nellie Goetz’s experiences.

The next clinic will be held April 21-24 at the Pueblo of Laguna near Albuquerque, N. M. Interested in participating? We have a need for 10-15 volunteer veterinarians to assist in delivering preventive care and community education. You can volunteer for two days or all four days. To participate, you must have a current rabies vaccination, health and professional liability insurance coverage, and be an AVMA member.

Volunteer applications are due March 22, and volunteers will be selected by March 24. To apply, please complete the application and submit it to Dr. Kendall Houlihan via email. Volunteers will be responsible for their travel expenses, but we are investigating housing opportunities; if the previous clinic is any indication, the tribal community provides ample food and beverages during the day. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience you won’t regret.

We hope to have opportunities for veterinary students in the future, but at this time we are seeking licensed veterinarians only.

If you are a veterinarian or veterinary technician with high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter experience, please contact program coordinator Dr. Kendall Houlihan for an application to be placed on the surgical team waitlist for consideration for future clinics.

Thank you to the Banfield Foundation for funding the 2016 Reaching UP Program.

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