Equine veterinarian and practice owner Dr. Cindy Campbell-Eason lived by the motto, “Above all, do no harm.” Even after her death in April 2016, her legacy lives on, in part through the donation of her veterinary equipment and supplies to the Reaching UP program.
Reaching UP – a partnership of the AVMA, the Native America Humane Society, and the communities that it serves – improves access to veterinary care among traditionally underserved Native American populations in New Mexico. By providing spay/neuter and targeted preventive care services, volunteer AVMA member veterinarians help promote and protect animal health and welfare, public health, and the human-animal bond.
Generous donations from Dr. Eason’s estate have allowed Reaching UP to better help its underserved clientele. Reaching UP’s high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter veterinarians now have adjustable surgery tables, and the addition of a second autoclave has increased efficiency. Other donations from her estate include equine supplies, which have been used by Pueblo of Laguna tribe member Dr. Tolani Francisco to provide care for many reservation horses.
“Cindy was planning on coming to help me offer equine castration clinics,” explained Dr. Francisco, who attended Kansas State University veterinary school with Dr. Eason. “She was all about helping in any way possible. She had a heart for those less fortunate and would have been very active participating in our clinics, even if it was just taking out trash and cleaning. No job was too insignificant for her.”
Many Reaching UP volunteers come to New Mexico with that same compassion in their heart, and Dr. Eason’s equipment is being used for a cause befitting her passion for service.
“Reaching UP means helping any and all that need help,” said Dr. Francisco. “Rural communities have so much to offer. They may not have money, but they have heart and soul. Veterinary care should not be restricted to the elite.”
If you are interested in participating as a volunteer in the November Reaching UP clinic, you can find application information at avma.org/ReachingUP.
Thank you also to Banfield Foundation for funding the Reaching UP program.