May 25-31, 2019

May 25, 2019, at 9:00 A.M.
Hampton Inn Phoenix-Airport North
601 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Tel: 602-267-0606

NOTE: This is a non-surgical clinic. This will be a high-volume mobile clinic providing wellness and sick animal care in various neighborhoods throughout the reservation.

Volunteers of all types are encouraged to apply. No prior field experience necessary.

ARRIVAL: You must be ready to meet your group at the time indicated. If you are flying to the area you may need to fly in the night before to avoid missing your team due to flight changes or other delays.

DEPARTURE: May 30 will be the last working day of the trip. We will return to Phoenix late the evening of the 30th. Flights may be booked out anytime May 31. You will be responsible for arranging your own accommodations prior to and after the pick-up and drop-off times.

CLINIC INFORMATION: You will be part of a team bringing quality veterinary services to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. We will be providing 5 days of high volume wellness services; working collaboratively with Tribal Animal Control and Public Health officers to provide preventative care for as many animals as possible. We will be working outdoors under a variety of conditions and the clinic is likely to be busy and fast-paced.

You will gain hands-on experience in performing a thorough physical examination, the medical management and prevention of infectious diseases, providing quality care with limited resources and the art of client communication. Infectious disease, tick-borne illness and other issues are serious animal and human health concerns for San Carlos, exacerbated by systemic poverty and a lack of access to essential veterinary care. Be prepared to possibly see and learn about tick-borne diseases (ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever), parvovirus, canine distemper, Valley Fever (Coccidiomycosis), sarcoptic mange, and a range of injuries and traumas (hit-by-car, animal bite injuries and snake bites are all common). You will also experience the beauty of Apache land and culture as we travel to various neighborhoods on the reservation, build relationships with our amazing community members and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of animals in need.

There will be a $100 minimum fundraising commitment for veterinary student participants on this clinic. This contribution helps to support RAVS field clinics and to offset a small portion of the expense of operating our student teaching program. This fundraising component is not required for veterinarians, veterinary technicians/ assistants, tech students or non-veterinary volunteers though all are welcome to participate. For additional information, see the Student Contribution page.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: This clinic is not eligible for RACE approved CE credit. Clinical training and orientations will focus on provision of intensive wellness care, assessment and treatment of various infectious diseases and injuries and provision of high quality basic veterinary services with limited resources.