Dear Generous Donors,
On behalf of the veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and numerous volunteers, we would like to thank you for your financial contributions to the Crow Creek Reservation Service Project.
Your donations helped provide preventative veterinary care to 345 animals, including 253 dogs, 90 cats, and 1 rabbit. Throughout the 3 day service project, the animals received vaccinations against infectious diseases, physical wellness examinations, and medications to prevent heartworm infection and flea, tick, and internal parasite infestations. Additional products that we were able to provide to patients in need included antibiotics, pain medications, ear cleaning medications, Purina cat and dog food, and treats.
Your donations also helped provide surgery materials including suture, blades, gloves, sterile scrub brushes, drapes and more, to 95 dogs and cats that received surgery. These animals received either a spay or a castration if owners opted for alteration surgery.
The equine portion of the project benefited greatly from your generosity as well. We were able to perform physical examinations, vaccinations, and de-worm 108 horses during the clinic. Ten horses were castrated and 8 horses received dental care during the equine surgery portion of the clinic. In addition to the equine work done in Fort Thompson, a team of volunteers traveled to Mission, South Dakota to offer veterinary services to horse owners on the Rosebud Reservation.
This service project was a great opportunity, not only for those who brought their dogs, cats, and horses, but also for the veterinary students who gained hands-on experience working under the guidance of skilled clinicians. Specifically, veterinary students were able to improve their physical examination skills, blood collection, subcutaneous and intramuscular injection techniques, proper and safe animal restraint, surgical skills, and client communications. Since this program began, there has been an increase in the overall health of the animals owned by the Crow Creek Reservation members. One of the Tribal Members thanked us and remarked “my horse herd is much healthier because of you guys.”
The Crow Creek Service Project is part of a two week fourth year veterinary student rotation called Clinical Practice in Diverse Communities. The students participating in the rotation spent time learning about the history and culture of the Crow Creek Tribe before they traveled to South Dakota. During the service trip, Tribal members devoted time to speaking to students about their heritage, the importance of animals in their cultural history, and the challenges that their community has faced in the past and in the present.
This service project would not be possible without your generosity and your contributions are much appreciated by volunteers and the residents of the Crow Creek Reservation.
Members of the Crow Creek Reservation service project