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2017 ASV Student Chapter Projects

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Auburn ASV Student Chapter's Shelter Animal Photography Project


Auburn University’s Shelter Vets Club began the Love the Lens program in February of 2017 thanks to a generous grant from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the ASPCA.  Quality photographs of shelter animals have been proven to help them get adopted and rescued, so our veterinary students in the club have become amateur photographers!  These photos, along with the creative props we have purchased, create a fun and engaging way to capture the eye of rescues and adopters.  They allow the animals at Lee County Humane Society, our local shelter, to stand out among the crowd!  This is an ongoing, weekly event that keeps our students engaged with the shelter and helps the animals decrease their length of stay at the shelter. 

Each quarter, 600+ animals walk through in the doors of Lee County Humane Society.  Each of these animals have their photos taken and posted to the LCHS website and all over social media, helping them to find adopters and rescues more quickly.  We have 39 participating students in our club, who each take (at least) 1 week to photograph the new intakes at the shelter.  Our students are able to see, firsthand, the pet overpopulation problem and the vast amount of animals that come in to our local shelter each week.


Western ASV Student Chapter's Spay Day TNR Sterilization Event


In celebration of World Spay Day, the WesternU Student Chapters of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners teamed up to organize a trap-neuter-release event for the Pomona community. With the help of FixNation and Inland Valley Humane Society, students set traps surrounding Western University’s campus. Community members also brought cats from surrounding communities. In all, 50 Pomona community cats were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and released. Additionally, several cats received life-altering medical intervention, including abscess treatment and even one enucleation.  This exciting collaborative event was made possible with the help of over 35 WesternU CVM students, technicians, and veterinarians. First, second, and fourth-year veterinary students worked with professors to complete the entire process of TNR, including trapping, assessing, vaccinating, sedating, performing surgeries, and releasing feral community cats. Sincerest thanks to the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association for the grants they provided to help fund this extremely successful event!



University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's ASV Student Chapter’s Annual Free Preventative Care Clinic for Pets


Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine hosts a free vaccine clinic for the pets of Philadelphian. Information about the clinic circulates in local churches and other community centers to help connect pets in need with preventative veterinary care. In order to honor the purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service, this clinic aims to target pet owners with limited access to veterinary care.

This clinic also offered free microchips to help keep pets connected to their families in perpetuity as well as low-cost flea and tick preventatives. With the implementation of preventative care and microchips, this clinic helps keep pets healthy and safe, even after they leave the hospital.

This clinic involved both students and clinicians at PennVet. A team of seventy veterinary student volunteers took the lead in examining, vaccinating, and microchipping these animals, while clinicians at PennVet’s Matthew Ryan Hospital provide supervision and guidance. In this way, this event provides a healthcare opportunity to the pet community of Philadelphia as well as a learning experience to many veterinary students.

This year, the clinic saw a record of 217 pets, representing many families throughout Philadelphia. Many clients say that they will return next year to ensure that they keep their pets’ vaccines up-to- date. The school has already begun planning next year’s clinic and hopes to once again serve a record-breaking number of pets and their humans.