Information About Us:
Mission Statement: To train future veterinarians by serving communities in need.
The Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS) was founded in 2009 by University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine students with the goal to acquire clinical experience by providing free physical exams, parasitic control, vaccinations, heartworm testing, and spay/neuter surgeries to dogs and cats of the Leech Lake and White Earth Reservations in Minnesota. As of the end of 2017, our group of volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students have provided about 1000 wellness exams and 125 spay/neuter surgeries to communities in need.
Student and Volunteer Experiences:
SIRVS provides invaluable experience to its students and mentors. Through this organization, students are building better relationships with the community and learning about different cultures. Below are some student and mentor testimonies explaining the impact of SIRVS trips on the community, their learning, and their professional development.
Describe a memorable moment from a SIRVS trip that you attended.
“I don’t think I can just point to one experience alone. It’s a conglomeration of opportunities that we as veterinary students are fortunate enough to have through SIRVS. Sitting in class, learning all day doesn’t make any sense unless we can apply and use that knowledge when working with patients and their owners. And SIRVS provides that applicable experience that makes for a wholesome learning environment.”
How has a SIRVS trip impacted you as a student/mentor/community member?
“It has made a huge impact, not only with my skills as a veterinary student, but also with my abilities in client communication. As an individual, this SIRVS trip also introduced me to the culture of reservations and the amazing people I was able to help and interact with that will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
“I love being able to give back to the students, and being innovative within the limitations of the setting.”
“I am incredibly appreciative of the opportunity that SIRVS allows us to have as veterinary students, and I am thankful that I attend the University of Minnesota CVM in order to capitalize on this amazing experience.”
Describe how you have seen SIRVS impact the White Earth community.
“When I was at SIRVS we had an appointment with a family. Their teenaged daughter enjoyed being at SIRVS so much that she stayed with us through the morning and assisted at appointments, used the microscope, learned how to run basic blood tests, and helped wrangle a feisty litter of kittens. She had a great time and learned a lot. With SIRVS, she had the opportunity to spend the day exploring veterinary medicine and still be within her community.”
Our organization relies heavily donated products and supplies. Because of this, we are always looking to supplement our donated supplies using money donated to us or grants. As of Spring 2018, we are hoping to use funds to purchase:
Bair hugger warming devices (to prevent decreased body temperature during surgery and to supply temperature support during recovery after surgery)
Flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives (medium dog size especially)
Baby changing mats or Stat-Mats to line our surgery and examination table
Medications that are used very frequently (ear infection medications, doxycycline for bacterial infections, tick borne disease, and heartworm positive dogs, and topical skin medications)
Surgery related medications (Dexdomitor, antisedon, meloxicam, isoflurane, carprofen)
General supplies (garbage bags, cleaning solutions, dog leashes, etc.)
Syringes and needles
Other Fundraising Activities:
In addition to fundraising through the University of Minnesota’s giving page, SIRVS also holds various fundraisers throughout the year.
We hold an annual winter fundraiser selling plant kits. Kits include a 4” clay pot, bag of soil, catnip or cat grass seeds, and growing instructions. We also hold an annual scrub sale, where we sell scrubs with an embroidered SIRVS logo to students and volunteers. Additionally, we host an Eat-Out fundraiser in the Spring, usually at Panera Bread.
We Appreciate Your Help!
All of the services that SIRVS provides are possible through donations and student authored grant awards. We appreciate all of the support that we have received and we hope to continue to grow as veterinarians as we serve the community! Thank you!
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