Students earning their vet tech degree at Broadview University-Orem recently hosted a spaghetti dinner, cake walk and silent auction fundraiser to support Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS), a branch of the Humane Society. The students belong to the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA). The successful event raised more than $400 for RAVS.
Heather Bird, one of our vet tech instructors, proposed hosting a fundraiser and presentation on RAVS during a SCNAVTA brainstorming session. RAVS, a nonprofit veterinary outreach program that brings free veterinary services to underserved rural communities, is always in great need of funding. Heather volunteered for RAVS during a trip to a South Dakota reservation last summer and saw the benefits that RAVS brings to a community.
The fundraiser date was set for March 2, 2013, and the vet tech students went into planning mode. They sold tickets in advance, contacted clinics and other businesses to provide services at the silent auction, and made cakes and cupcakes for the cake walk.
On the night of the dinner, long tables were set up with gold fish center pieces. Before the dinner began, Kyndra Ibarra, SCNAVTA treasurer, welcomed everyone and introduced the remainder of the SCNAVTA leadership team: Sydney Howlett, president; Kelsey Neil, vice president; and Vicki Romero, secretary. After Introductions, Heather Riggs, veterinary technology program chair, and Heather Bird described their experiences with RAVS and gave a brief explanation of how RAVS benefits veterinary medicine.
RAVS provides veterinary training and professional care in rural communities across the United States and around the world. All veterinarians and technicians are volunteers who pay their own way to provide these much needed services. Not only do thousands of animals benefit from the care they receive, veterinary professionals receive better training and experiences that will help them in their futures.
The spaghetti, breadsticks, salad and delicious sauce were provided by the students and served up by the SCNAVTA team. Everyone–adults and children alike–enjoyed the cake walk as they walked around the circle of brightly colored numbers until the music stopped. Everyone on a number hoped that their number would be called so that they could choose from the variety of delicious cakes and cupcakes available.
Everyone involved had an enjoyable time participating in this event. Heather Riggs, Heather Bird and Teena Wright, veterinary technology student, are looking forward to volunteering their time this year at two RAVS events. To learn more about RAVS visit http://www.ruralareavet.org/.
Contributed by Amanda Black, Administrative Assistant and Vet Tech student, Broadview University-Orem