SAN CARLOS, AZ – WELLNESS / MEDICINE CLINIC
January 5-11, 2020
WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET YOUR TEAM
January 5, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.
Walmart Supercenter Claypool (Globe)
100 S. Ragus Rd.
Claypool, AZ 85532
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 (veterinarians, technicians/assistants, veterinary and technician students and support volunteers). No prior field experience necessary.
We will meet in the parking lot at the designated meeting location and caravan to the clinic site as a group. You must be ready to depart together at the time indicated. Please have vehicles fueled and any rest stop or shopping needs complete before the meet time as we will be departing promptly for the clinic site. If you are flying into the area, we highly recommend that you fly in the night before to avoid missing your team due to flight changes or other delays. You will be responsible for coordinating your own ground transportation throughout the clinic.
Volunteers on this trip have the option of staying at the Apache Gold casino if desired. This is completely optional and would need to be arranged and paid for by the volunteer. Standard RAVS-style sleeping accommodations will be available at the community center near the clinic.
January 10 will be the last working day of the trip. Departure time will be dependent on case load and community needs, but we can expect to leave the community early evening on January 10. Flights may be booked out anytime January 11. You will be responsible for arranging your own accommodations prior to and after the arrival and departure times.
You will be part of a team bringing quality veterinary medical 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 and providing care for sick and injured animals as needed. 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 (coccidioidomycosis), 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.
STUDENT FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT: There is no minimum fundraising commitment for this clinic. We do have an active online fundraising campaign to support the San Carlos Outreach Project. All volunteers are welcome and encouraged 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.