TRIP DETAILS

 

PINE RIDGE, SD
JULY 11-18, 2020

WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET YOUR TEAM:
July 11, 2020 at 12:00 P.M.
Location TBA
Pine Ridge, SD

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:
This is a standard full-team RAVS medical and surgical field teaching clinic. Volunteers of all types are encouraged to apply.  No prior field experience required.

ARRIVAL:
You must be ready to meet your group at the time and location indicated.  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.

Veterinary and veterinary technician student volunteers will be required to participate in both the Lower Brule and Pine Ridge, SD clinics.  Professional volunteers are encouraged to participate in both weeks if possible. Volunteers participating in both weeks of clinics will be responsible for their own accommodations July 9 & 10. You will be on your own from the time clinics end on July 9 until the appointed meeting time on July 11.

DEPARTURE:
July 17 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 the 17th. You may book your flight out anytime July 18. Please do not book flights earlier than this. We expect volunteers to participate for the duration of the clinic. You will be responsible for arranging your own accommodations prior to and after the arrival and departure times.

CLINIC INFORMATION:
You will be part of a team of volunteers working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We will be providing six days of small animal spay/neuter and wellness services in various communities on the reservation. There is some travel to the clinic sites each day. Shared transportation to minimize the number of vehicles in the caravan is crucial.  Please network with other volunteers to arrange carpools.  (www.oglalalakotanation.org)

STUDENT FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT:
There will be a $450 minimum fundraising commitment for veterinary student participants for the combined two-week clinic (Lower Brule and Pine Ridge). 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 support volunteers though all are welcome to participate. For additional information, see the Student Contribution page.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:  Veterinarians and veterinary technicians are eligible to receive 30 hours of RACE approved continuing education credit for participation in this clinic.  Clinical training and orientations will include topics in anesthesia, surgery, client communication, examination and wellness care, assessment and treatment of various infectious diseases and injuries and provision of high quality basic veterinary services in the field setting.