Why A Vet Can Make A Difference

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111_0691By: Dr. Margaret Thompson

“Really?! I never thought about veterinary medical mission work. But I know about medical missions for people.” “What is the benefit of veterinary medical mission work?” “What would you do as a veterinarian on a mission field?”

These are questions I heard time and time again over the thirty six years I have spent telling people about my calling to do veterinary medical mission work.

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Stopping the Spread of Rabies in Haiti

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Preparing vaccine photoAccording to the CDC, “Haiti has the highest rate of human rabies in the Western Hemisphere, but a lack of knowledge and awareness about rabies and limited human diagnostic capacity leads to vast underreporting. It is estimated that 100 people die from rabies in Haiti every year, with dog bites responsible for nearly all human rabies cases.”

CVM’s interest in Haiti’s rabies prevention, first began with the late, Dr. Keith Flanagan as he had a strong relationship with Haiti’s Veterinary Department after serving in Haiti for 25 years, and Dr. Kelly Crowdis has continued to maintain that supportive relationship. Not long after the earthquake in Haiti in 2011, CVM partnered with the CDC, Haiti Veterinary Department and other organizations in response to the rabies problem in Haiti.

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The Gospel at Work, part 2

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By Dr. Lauren Charles

Against These There is No Law

It is becoming increasingly more difficult to share our faith in the workplace. Christian businesses come under persecution for standing up for what they believe under the guise of discrimination. Others are called “intolerant” and “judgmental.” In some offices we can no longer hold Bible studies, others won’t allow us to pray publicly, or post scripture. It does not look as though the pressure on Christians in the workplace is going to lighten up, but there is something they cannot outlaw.

Even if they take our Bibles away, stop us from praying out loud, prevent us from sharing the Gospel, they can never keep us from living with the Fruit of the Spirit.

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The Gospel at Work, part 1

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By Dr. Lauren Charles

If you work 40 hours per week (which is very conservative for many of us veterinarians), 50 weeks every year, for 40 years, you will spend about 80,000 hours working over your lifetime. Research shows that 82% of Americans do not enjoy their work. And even those fortunate few in the best jobs only like 60% of their job description.

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Love, the Great Attractor

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TMP_SMwk2 I have the privilege each month to read through the prayer letters that our Fieldstaff write before they go to print and this one by Dr. Susan really stuck with me. In her letter she writes about our call as Christians to be missionaries in our own communities, amongst our own neighbors, to have the courage to go where He calls us, whether that be to a distant land or simply across the street. She writes about the call God has given us to truly love one another with a deep gut love, and that this deep gut love is what attracts people to Christ. And rather than paraphrase the entire letter in one paragraph, which would make for one lengthy paragraph, I have included the letter in its entirety below!

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